Deck design rules the back yard

Architect - Mary Cassinelli , Contractor - The Howland Group, LLC , Decorator - Lisa Woods

Written by: Amy Howell Hirt

When Nicole and Bill Fish purchased their Hyde Park home about six years ago, they could already picture the parties. They could imagine the kids playing in the back yard, or doing homework after dinner. They could even see themselves growing old in the home.

Also painfully obvious? The amount of transformation that the home, and the deck design in particular, would require.

Through a series of renovations, punctuated by a new dining room and 550-square-foot covered porch added to the back of the home in 2011, the young family created spaces that fit their everyday needs and their entertaining style—and all the Halloween parties, sled-riding and fish fries that come with it.

“I think they have a party almost every holiday,” says Tim Howland of The Howland Group, who handled the project along with Jason Wise, co-owner of the design-build firm. “Their old house simply didn’t have the elbow room, so having this outdoor space works well in the warmer and the colder months.”

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