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Decks Stinson beach house

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).

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