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Five decks on a tall, narrow house.

An assortment of decks makes outdoor living possible at this tall Seattle house on a small hillside lot. Architect Stephen Bobbitt incorporated 810 square feet of decking that expands inside space and capitalizes on dramatic views.

In summer, the 12- day 16-foot roof deck gets the most use. High and private, it's a place to soak up sun, watch stars, or enjoy the view. Shingling on the inside of the 8-inch-wide parapet wall matches the house's exterior.

One level down by a spiral staircase, the bedroom terrace is the same size as the roof deck. It's also open to the sky, but a 3-1/2-foot-high panel wraps around its upper edge. Brick pavers over a hot-mopped surface cover this deck and the roof deck above. They retain heat--making for pleasant walking in bare feet.

Cedar 2-by-4s are used for flooring in the three remaining lower-level decks. Off the dining room, an 8- by 24-foot deck is sheltered by a sloping roof made of 34- by 76-inch sliding glass door panels mounted on shed roof rafters. With the glass, sunlight still reaches the house, but the deck can function rain or shine.

Since owners Ron Hull and Larry Robins like to cook outdoors, the architect designed a small barbecue balcony off the kitchen; it's on the same side of the house as the roof deck. At the entry, the 7-foot rise from street level to front door is broken up with two deck levels. This westfacing area provides another sunny place where guests can gather during a summertime party.
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Date:Jun 1, 1985
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