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For the Rut­ters’ lot, a wrap-around, el­e­vated deck pro­vides plenty of space to enjoy the view. If you’re plan­ning a sim­i­lar out­door space, T.J. Whit­worth from Gastineau Log Homes of­fers th­ese tips:

PLAN FOR FUNC­TION. How will you use the space? “Many peo­ple have mul­ti­ple uses for their deck, such as a grilling space or an out­door kitchen, plenty of seat­ing for din­ing and hang­ing out, a hot tub area and some­times a cov­ered space,” T. J. says. Size your deck ac­cord­ingly.

CON­SIDER AC­CESS. Stairs to the lower-level grade are con­ve­nient, he advises. Con­sider what spa­ces on the in­te­rior can and should open out onto the el­e­vated deck.

WATCH THE BOT­TOM LINE. Build­ing wrap- around porches and decks can be ex­pen­sive, but ac­cord­ing to T. J. they pro­tect logs from the weather ex­po­sure and will help you save money on fu­ture main­te­nance.

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