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Decks Stinson beach house

Fire pit focal point

This deck more than doubles the home's 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 fire pit. A matching boardwalk connects 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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