Deck & Patio Idea Book

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Deck and Patio Idea Book

by Julie Stillman and Jane Gitlin

ISBN 1561586390
172 pages; 9-3/16" x 10-7/8"; Full-color photographs and illustrations throughout; Paperback.

Experts help you choose the right deck or patio
for your home

Decks and patios let us expand the footprint of our homes by giving us outdoor living areas. Whether looking for a small spot to sunbathe or read in solitude, or a slightly more elaborate place to have breakfast, entertain, or stargaze, we all crave a place to relax outside. No longer just some pressure-treated lumber nailed to the back of the house, or a slab of poured concrete, decks and patios have evolved to become outdoor rooms that are equipped and furnished like other parts of the house.

Deck & Patio Idea Book provides a photographic exploration of the varied decks and patios that can be built, and the features that define them. You’ll be inspired by hundreds of photographs of everything from simple platform decks and brick patios to multilevel creations complete with arbor, hot tub, and outdoor kitchen.

You’ll find a wealth of information about siting, materials choices, railings, landscaping, and outdoor structures. You’ll have what you need to transform an ordinary outdoor space into a beautiful outdoor room.

About the authors
Julie Stillman is an editor and book packager. She is the co-author of Taunton’s Family Home Idea Book and the packager/editor of Adirondack Style (Clarkson Potter).

Jane Gitlin is a graduate of MIT’s School of Architecture and is a licensed architect specializing in residential design in Westport, Connecticut. She is the author of Updating Classic America: Capes and co-author of Taunton’s Family Home Idea Book.


Table of Contents


1. Great Deck and Patio Designs
Choosing a Deck or Patio
Designing Outdoor Rooms

2. Decks
Deck Types
Railings, Stairs, and Built-Ins
Shade and Shelter
Maximizing the View
Deck and Patio Combinations

3. Patios
Patio Types
Patio Materials
Steps and Terracing
Defining Boundaries
Overhead Structures
Poolside Patios
Patio Accessories

4. Breaking Away
Walkways and Paths
Structures in the Landscape



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