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Geometric deck ... both boardwalk and entertaining area.

GEOMETRIC SHAPES PATTERN the surface of this ground-level deck, which serves as both a boardwalk and an entertainment space. The deck breaks into two paths around a rear garden. The main one, shown here, runs the length of the house, then grows into a creekside deck. Another leads from the parking area to the kitchen door.

With so much of the garden covered with wood, it could have seemed monotonous, but that's where geometry comes in. The deck is patterned with whole and partial hexagons. The geometric patterning is further emphasized when sunlight reflects off the wood's grain.

As the plan at top right shows, the deck's design relies on more than interconnected hexagons. It breaks them into triangular components and rearranges them to form other geometric shapes. A chop saw was used to make the many angled cuts in the decking.

Keeping the deck low to the ground required a precisely laid out network of beams mounted on sunken piers. Under the decking, joists run from the base to the sides of each triangle.

HARDWOOD DECK

While most decks use softwood 2-by-4s and 2-by-6s for the top layer, this one uses l-by-4s and l-by-6s made from a rot- and insect-resistant South American hardwood called ipe. The wood is imported by XYLO Products, Box 2297, Sunnyvale, Calif. 94087. Ipe starts out with a warm red tone and weathers to a silver-gray.

Design: landscape architect James H. Coleman of Cupertino, California, for owners Betty and Carson Heil, of Saratoga.
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Author:Whiteley, Peter O.
Publication:Sunset
Date:Mar 1, 1993
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