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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.