WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

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 posite of recycled products and wood pulp, but its longevity is still untested. Making it Yours, Making it Beautiful With the outline in place and the materials chosen, think about fea- tures. Add-ons run the gamut from the big ticket items like built in brick ovens and fish ponds to something as simple as a bench to store the chair cushions over the winter. Gordon created a rooftop, skyline garden oasis deck in the Back Bay that required some special features. Aside from needing its own struc- tural system that would harmonize with the existing roof, the deck also n JAN GLEYSTEEN Jan Gleysteen Architects Inc. www.jangleysteeninc.com. 781. 431.0080 n DAN GORDON Dan K. Gordon Associates, Inc. www.dangordonassociates.com 781. 237. 5751 n MOLLIE JOHNSON Mollie Johnson Interiors, Inc. www.molliejohnsoninteriors.com 781. 431. 2289 n MARC KAPLAN Sanford Custom Builders, Inc. www.sanfordcustom.com 781. 416 .7007 n TOM WILHELM a Blade of Grass www.abladeofgrass.com 508.358. 4500 begged for a pergola to hide beneath on a sunny day, and a feature that provided an easy way to water the plants. An irrigation system isn't just for rooftops. Planters full of foliage bring softness and life to a deck. Built in irrigation means not having to carry heavy watering cans or cope with a tangled hose, and it can reduce water waste as well. Installing natural gas lines to a grill hookup eliminates the half-seared steak, empty propane tank quandary. Johnson recognizes the need for privacy in urban and suburban settings. At her own home, Johnson screened her patio using a fence with climbers layered over a bank of birch trees. She says to keep the eye moving with seasonal plantings, pops of color, and technical interest. Change up the fabrics on the chairs and in the umbrella to create a new feel. Most importantly, look at the concept as a whole and determine exactly how you would like your new deck to enhance the beauty and functionality of your home. Your deck should be as formal or as casual as you are, and reflect the colors and textures that make you want to spend long summer afternoons relaxing outside with a tall drink and a good book. Choose elements and furnishings that invite your family and friends to linger by the fire a little longer. Create a solid deck built to last and for enjoyment, and enjoyment is what you'll get for the life of it. 38 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 COURTESY OF DAN K . GORDON ASSOCIATES , INC.

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