Out­door Spa­ces

Old House Journal - - Design -

> DECK From ship­build­ing: an open, out­door area with a floor, of­ten wood. A per­gola-roof or awning may of­fer par­tial cov­er­age. A deck is usu­ally at or near grade (ground level) and thus does not re­quire a rail­ing. (Raised and sec­ond-level decks do.) A deck is most of­ten con­nected to the house, al­though a raised, floored plat­form in the yard may be con­sid­ered a deck. Also: porch floor­ing is called a deck or deck­ing.

> PA­TIO From a Span­ish word for court­yard, a paved area ac­ces­si­ble from the house, at ground level and with nei­ther rail­ings nor roof. The pav­ing may be flag­stone, cob­ble, brick, con­crete, tile, or packed gravel.

> PORCH A roofed shel­ter at­tached to the house, with a door to the in­te­rior. Near-grade porches don’t nec­es­sar­ily have rail­ings, but most old-house porches do in­clude a balustrade or shin­gled knee-wall as part of the en­clo­sure. Porch vari­ants in­clude por­tico, pi­azza, log­gia, ar­cade, gallery, and ve­ran­dah.

> STOOP From the Dutch stoep (step), it com­prises the stair-steps and land­ing in front of an en­try door.

LEFT With a built-in daybed, this un­ob­tru­sive deck, de­signed by Chicago ar­chi­tect John Ei­fler for his 1916 Frank Lloyd Wright house, ex­tends liv­ing space out­doors. ABOVE Left to weather nat­u­rally, wood planks mak­ing up the balustrade blend in with the stone piers.

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