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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Dashing Decks "A deck should be in proportion to the home to which it's attached." – Marc Kaplan | Sanford Custom Design then integrate the natural beauty and style of your lot with the landscape and architecture of your home and the other homes in the immediate area? In keeping with the overall look and feel of the deck, size matters. Kaplan says that neither a small deck on a huge house nor a giant deck on a cottage looks right. A deck should be in pro- portion to the home to which it's attached. The concept of several smaller levels combined with a patio works well to keep smaller homes in balance. Still, "never make a deck too small or you'll kick yourself," says Wilhelm. Leave enough room for expansion. Materials Synthetic Wood Gleysteen says his clients are moving more and more toward composite or synthetic wood over natural. Choosing the material for his seaside makeover made sense. "Next to the ocean, wood deteriorates very quickly between the storms and the salt water. Decks are high maintenance." But a synthetic deck never needs a new paint job or a coat of sealer. Nobody will ever snag a bare foot on a sliver of rotting wood or catch a toe on a rusty old nail head that's worked itself loose. Good arguments, no doubt, but what might be the best argument for synthetic wood is the warranty: many decks are guaranteed for life. This second generation of synthetic woods holds up better than yesterday's composites. The wood used to look exactly like what it is: fake wood. Parts would fade out in the sun while unex- 34 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 COUR TESTY OF STONEGAT E COUR TESY OF JAN GLEYSTEEN ARCHITECTS INC. / PHO TO BY RICHARD MANDELKO RN

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