The Luxury Deck Becomes Latest Must-Have

The average size of decks and patios is expanding, as luxury home buyers even in cold-weather markets are paying more attention to these outdoor spaces.

For example, a home for sale along the shores of Lake Michigan boasts a 6,000-square-foot deck, which includes an outdoor kitchen, resistance-swimming pool, spa, fireplace, lounge areas, and even a traffic lane. The 8,114-square-foot home in Montague, Michigan is for sale at $10 million and the owners say the lavish deck is the main selling point.

Crown Pointe Estates, a developer in Malibu, Calif., is selling a 13,814-square-foot contemporary home for $22.0 million that features a 10,000-square-foot deck and patio. The deck includes an infinity-edge pool as well as two heated cabanas with TVs. The upstairs also offers a deck off the master bedroom with a six-hole putting green.

Nearly 70 percent of more than 500 residential architecture firms surveyed in the first quarter of this year say they saw an increase in demand for outdoor living space, according to the American Institute of Architects.

A survey of 1,300 builders by the Home Innovation Research Labs shows the average size of decks on luxury homes is growing. The average deck measures 406 square feet, which is up 53 percent from 2014.

Indeed, decks aren’t just for areas that boast year-round warm weather either. Toll Brothers, based in Pennsylvania, is offering new options for decks and patios in all 19 of the states were it builds, including cold weather States such as Michigan, Colorado and Minnesota. Home owners in colder locales are adding fire pits, heated floors, snowmelt decks, and even infrared heating fixtures so they can use the deck all year long.

Source: “Luxury Homes Gain Over-the-Top Decks,” The Wall Street Journal (July 8, 2016)

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