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Solution for a steep slope: big deck with built-in planters.

Living on a slope puts level outdoor space at a premium, and a deck is often the best way to create a roomy area for enjoying the outdoors. Before Ann and Robbie Johannesen added an 18- by 24-foot deck off the rear of their hillside house, they had only a slim band of grass and a tiny stoop by their back door.

The new deck runs across most of the rear of the house, jutting beyond it on one side. Its downhill edge, defined by a 24-inchdeep bench, rises 4 feet above grade. A remodeled fence runs along one side, while broad steps and planters lead down from a house door on the other. At deck level, the planters look only 18 inches tall, but they extend all the way to the ground and are 52 and 54 inches tall.

Except at the back-door landing, Portland landscape architect John Herbst, Jr., kept the deck away from the house to create a 5-foot-wide band for plants.

An opaque gray stain blends the deck, fence, and planters with the house.
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Date:Jul 1, 1989
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