kitchen with dining area leading onto the deck
Photo: Andrew Bordwin
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All Decked Out

From Eat and Greet, September 2004

Every good-looking remodel offers inspiration of some kind or another, but nothing strikes a chord like seeing pictures of a project that you can actually envision in your own space. I liked this eating area so much, I'm in the process of adding one to my own house right now: a deck eating area right off the kitchen eating area for seamless indoor/outdoor living.

Like mine, this house is on a slope, so the walk-out deck off the kitchen eating area is elevated, just like mine will be. Of course, my French doors will be sliders (got a narrower, galley kitchen), and instead of the iron deck railing at this project—which reflects the Tudor style of the house—mine will be wood, with posts trimmed out to mimic the newel inside our Colonial Revival. So what if the guys building the deck (my husband and next-door neighbor) figure it'll be done sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas—hardly deck season in New York. I can just see my two little boys running back and forth between inside and out. (Did I mention it comes with its own child-containment system, aka railing and gate?) Our own 10-by-20-foot deck will effectively add a whole other room to the house—the sunniest, breeziest, greenest one of all.

—Kathryn Keller, Executive Editor
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