We loved the house, but it was the backyard’s potential that really sold us, ” says homeowner Andrew Bockner. An avid outdoor entertainer, the principal designer for Andrew Richard Designs knew the huge deck would provide endless opportunities for easy summer get-togethers. To make the most of the space, he divided the deck into three living zones: living room, dining room and lounge. Then he went to work furnishing it with hard-wearing woven-resin pieces, water-resistant outdoor fabrics and exotic potted plants. “It’s like a private sanctuary,” he says. “Being back there feels like you escape the city just a bit.” And since the birth of their daughter, Avery, he and his wife, Melissa, are enjoying the expanded living space in a whole new way. “It doubles as a great play area for Avery and her friends. She loves to run around and then curl up with us on the daybed,” he says.
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