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Roof Top Deck

Perhaps the most exciting feature of McMillan House is its roof top deck. This outdoor living space is intimately integrated into the architecture. The deck spans almost the entire length of the house providing views to the front, side, and rear yards.

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Roof Top Deck

Roof Deck Looking West

Roof Deck Table with Umbrella

Roof Deck Looking East

Roof Deck Looking North

Enjoying Coffee on Deck

Enjoying Coffee on Deck 2

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Deck Access

Zero Step Deck Entry

Deck Tile

Tile Pedestals

Roof Top Deck

  • Roof top deck sits above the two car garage
  • Out table with umbrella provides shade from mid-day sun
  • Note the foliage visible through louvers left of umbrella

Roof Deck Looking West

Roof Deck Table with Umbrella

  • Teak wood furniture weathers with time
  • Permanent furniture makes exterior space usable year round
  • Umbrella provide shade throughout the summer

Roof Deck Looking East

  • Exit doors with zero step entry
  • Guard rail of high tension cables
  • 2’x2′ concrete pavers w/accent colored tile interspersed
  • Overhead slats create dynamic architectural element

Roof Deck Looking North

  • Exit doors with zero step entry
  • Exterior wood adds warmth
  • Hose bib (right of wood) provides water access to deck
  • Teak wood furniture
  • Light fixtures shoot light both up down and down

Enjoying Coffee on Deck

  • Deck serves as outdoor room
  • Note the security railing of wood, stainless steel, and airline cable
  • Ambiance of historic neighborhood evident in mature trees and architectural styles. Note neighbor’s slate roof on detached garage

Enjoying Coffee on Deck 2

  • Security guardrail almost disappears
  • Historic neighborhood is filled with large mature deciduous trees

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Deck Access

  • Double pane glass has a reflective quality in daylight
  • Zero step entry makes easy access

Zero Step Deck Entry

  • Note zero step entry
  • Tile flooring in hallway lining roof deck and master bath to dressing room
  • Door mat helps scrub chalky residue from concrete tiles off tires

Deck Tile

  • 2’x2′ concrete tiles sit upon adjustable leveling pedestals
  • Roof deck below pedestals slopes collecting rain water into two scuppers
  • Rain water is collected and piped to a rain garden in front yard

Tile Pedestals

  • Leveling pedestals keep roof deck level as the roof below slopes toward scuppers

Roof Top Deck

As a mid-level living space, essentially an outdoor room, it’s one of the simplest yet fascinating aspects of the house. It sits above the garage and the dining room on the first floor. Deck access is directly off the hallway connecting the laundry/dressing room and the second floor master suite. It’s as integral to the house as any other room. Being elevated on the second floor puts you outside and in the space yet in a sense, removed from it. The feeling is like that of sitting on the front porch, yet you’re unobserved by passersby until you make your presence known.

Deck flooring consists of 2’x2’ concrete tiles with integral color supported on structural pedestals. The dominant tile color is a soft cream with maroon tiles interspersed for interest. Rainwater falls between the tiles and is collected via scuppers then directed into an underground rain barrel in the front yard. These tiles can be removed and replaced with roof top gardening membrane which will support vegetation.

Surrounding the deck is a security guardrail. This guardrail is comprised of the same Brazilian redwood on the house, high tension airplane guy wire and stainless steel structural supports. The effect is a very strong, secure rail with a light and airy feel that virtually disappears.

The teak wood furnishings remain outside year round, weathering to a nice patina with time. The table, with its retractable umbrella, gets constant use day and night a good eight months of the year. As I said, this roof top deck is an integral room in the house. We eat as many meals on the deck as we do in the dining room.

You might ask why if we went to the expense of extending the roof over a portion of the deck why did we then cut a massive hole in it. Pure aesthetics. This roof perforation with its louvered dividers is an architectural element of inspired innovation. It’s hard to put into words what feels like when you see a full moon bleeding through those slats at night or a bank of cumulus clouds floating across the skyline in the afternoon.

Deck Flooring

Deck flooring consists of 2’x2’ concrete tiles with integral color supported on structural pedestals. The dominant tile color is a soft cream with maroon tiles interspersed for interest. Rainwater falls between the tiles and is collected via scuppers, then directed into an underground rain barrel in the front yard. These tiles can be removed and replaced with roof top gardening membrane which will support vegetation.

Security Guardrail

Surrounding the deck is a security guardrail. This guardrail is comprised of the same Brazilian redwood on the house, high tension airplane guy wire and stainless steel structural supports. The effect is a very strong, secure rail yet with a light and airy feel that virtually disappears.

Furnishings

The teak wood furnishings remains outside year round, weathering to a nice patina with time. The table, with its retractable umbrella, gets constant use day and night a good eight months of the year. As I said, this roof top deck is an integral room in the house. We eat as many meals on the deck as we do in the dining room.

Deck Roof

You might ask why — if we went to the expense of extending the roof over a portion of the deck — did we then cut a massive hole in it. Pure aesthetics. This roof perforation with its louvered dividers is an architectural element of inspired innovation. It’s hard to put into words what feels like when you see a full moon bleeding through those slats at night or a bank of cumulous clouds floating across the skyline in the afternoon.

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