Get Out of the House: Create the Perfect Outdoor Space for Your Climate

Solutions to create an outdoor room for wherever you live.

Architect Nathan Kipnis designed his family’s deck to function equally well as a large dining area or small sitting nooks, which dog Buddy enjoys. The ­trellis that forms the deck’s open roof is par­tially solid to shade the indoors from the Illinois summer sun, and a large tree brings welcome shade to this outdoor room on hot afternoons.
Photo By Paul Rung