Kirkland Modern Backyard Modern Deck, Seattle This family was interested in adding another living space to their home. After designing several options, this large, composite deck with gas fireplace and louvered cover rose to the top. The louvers open to let light in or close to keep rain out. Infratech heaters compliment the warmth given by the new gas fireplace creating a cozy space for dining and entertaining almost year-round. The spaces around the deck feature lawn for the dog, a modern bluestone stepping stone pathway, new privacy fencing, plantings and a fun recirculating water feature. Photos by William Wright Photography
7. Japanese-Inspired Path Exposed aggregate (a concrete base with pebbles showing) may get a bad rap for looking dated, given its popularity in the 1960s through ’80s, but don’t rule it out if you’re looking to add texture to a design. It can look particularly well-placed in Asian-inspired gardens. In this Japanese garden, for example, an exposed-aggregate pathway visually reads as half gravel bed and half stylized stream bed, thanks to the texture of the aggregate and portions of irregular flagstone.