The deck design mimics the undulating curves of the mountain view and the home's own rear facade, which is concave. Deck boards made of ipe, an ultra-dense Brazilian hardwood, do not demand annual resealing and handily shrug off kids, pets, and dragged chairs.
Mindful that the site's original deck and arbor blocked the fabulous vista, designer/builder Gary Marsh specified the steel railing, which is powder-coated to resist rust, because it practically disappears into the landscape when seen from a distance.
"It's an illusion, of course," says Marsh, who conceived the space. "It's quite sturdy."