Marin County, CA
Medium budget: $80/sq. ft.
Key feature: A sunken concrete firepit that acts as focal point
This deck more than doubles the living space with ample sunbathing, conversation, and entertaining areas.
Expanding an existing deck made of Trex, a composite material, architect Peter Pfau carved out an area for a new entry pavilion and another for a firepit, while using a boardwalk to connect the main house to two tented guest rooms.
Design: Pfau Architecture, San Francisco (415/908-6408).
Construction: Woodworking West, Stinson Beach, CA (415/868-2265).