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Play area stays dry under deck.

Beneath most hillside decks lies an overlooked space that could be made useful. But there are often problems to overcome: deck underpinnings may look unsighly, debris falls through between the boards, and when it rains, water can drip down below.

Since rain frequently visits Portland, landscape architect John Herbst wanted to protect this below-deck space so that Sandea and Jay Baldwin's children could play there without getting wet. Under their upper-level deck, he built a sheltered play space complete with a triangle-shaped sandbox in one corner.

For a more finished look and wet-weather protection, Herbst put translucent fiberglass panels under the deck joists, sloping them so water would run back toward a gutter system at the rear. The panels were screwed to beveled stringers secured to the bottom of the joists. From the lower level, removable wooden strips under the deck railing mask the edges of the fiberglass panels. These strips are periodically removed so built-up debris can be hosed off the fiberglass.
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Date:Apr 1, 1985
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