No longer just a bland square of pressure-treated lumber nailed to the back of the house, decks have taken on new shapes, surfaces, and levels. And patios have evolved from dull slabs of poured concrete to encompass a wide range of forms and materialsfrom warm brick to chic bluestone to casual gravel. "Taunton's Deck and Patio Idea Book is a photographic exploration of the possibilities for these spaces, and the features that define them, including railings, built-ins, and overhead structures. Hundreds of photos depict the full spectrum of styles and sizes, from the simple wraparound deck, to the curved, multilevel redwood deck with outdoor kitchen; from the small brick patio to an elaborate series of terraced patios with stone walls.
About the Author
Book editor, packager, and author Julie Stillman and architect Jane Gitlin also wrote Taunton's Family Home Idea Book. Stillman lives in South Hero, VT, and Gitlin, also author of Capes, lives in Fairfield, CT.
Jane Gitlin is an architect in Fairfield, Connecticut, where she specializes in residential design. An architecture graduate of MIT, she and her family live in a 1940s Cape.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Great Deck and Patio Designs||4|
|Choosing a Deck or Patio||6|
|Designing Outdoor Rooms||10|
|Railings, Stairs, and Built-Ins||38|
|Shade and Shelter||62|
|Maximizing the View||72|
|Deck and Patio Combinations||78|
|Steps and Terracing||108|
|Chapter 4||Breaking Away||154|
|Walkways and Paths||156|
|Structures in the Landscape||160|