HGTV Green Home 2011: Deck Pictures

Sliding doors lead from the dining area to the deck, an outdoor living space complete with a grilling station and contemporary-chic furnishings conducive to both formal and casual entertaining.

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Constructed from eco-friendly composite material, the side deck successfully connects the dining room to outdoor spaces. A grilling station and urban-chic furnishings accommodate gatherings large and small.

A stainless steel, natural gas grill is encased in a shell of synthetic limestone. Features include temperature zones, channeled stainless steel cooking grates and a flush-mounted infrared rotisserie burner.

A seating area is conducive to quiet conversations. Synthetic wicker and aluminum-framed side chairs echo the pattern of exterior brickwork. “Patterns that relate and look good together give you a sense of continuity in a home,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum.

A cantilever with natural cedar underside partially shades the deck’s dining area and adds interest in the outdoor space.

An aluminum-framed, glass-topped table – industrial in design – and synthetic wicker chairs lend elegance and provide the perfect backdrop for a dinner party.

Fresh lemons and butterfly bush flowers add the needed pop of color and connect the outdoor room to the interior color palette.

A lush side yard stays green throughout the year thanks to synthetic turf, a 100-percent recyclable product that is permeable, kid- and pet-friendly and infilled with an all-natural proprietary composite of organic and inorganic materials.

English oak creates a natural privacy barrier around the deck during summer and fall months. Fall foliage infuses the space with brilliant color that connects to the home’s interior design.

A space carved out for daydreaming and contemplation, the cozy corner – marked off by cedar mulch – features a hammock suspended between two disease- and pest-resistant Vanderwolf pine trees, which can grow to a height of 25 feet.

All-weather accessories, sourced locally, add to the lounge-like vibe of this cozy outdoor space.

“We really needed something with a narrow profile,” says landscape architect Brad Fox of the Vanderwolf pine. “We wanted it to sit in tight and flank the hammock. It can grow to only about 6 to 8 feet wide, making it the perfect plant for that space.”

Ornamental, drought-tolerant grasses are paired with pine and oak in the yard. Pieces of Staple Stone, reclaimed airport runway material, stand in place of steppingstones.

Earth-friendly and attractive building materials include scraped and smooth synthetic limestone pair with fiber-cement siding , a product composed of 50-percent recycled content (fly ash) and wood fiber pulp supplied from sustainably managed forests.

“This is a place where you’re really going to enjoy being outdoors,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. “So you really want to take advantage of that, cook outside and eat outside.”

Sleek, black silicone-based solar panels will generate approximately 75 percent of the home's energy. HGTV Green Home 2011 will remain connected to the utility grid, which will provide energy when the panels are not in use or are producing an insufficient amount of energy to power the home.

Ornamental grasses will provide some structural and textural detail during the winter months and should be cut back in the early spring before new growth starts.

During twilight hours the side yard takes on added drama. The deck provides a front-row seat to Stapleton’s stunning sunsets.

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