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How to Build the Ultimate Deck

This is what happens when a group of Finnish architects jumps on the tiny-home bandwagon.

Huttunen, Lipasti, and Pakkanen Architects (Photo: Marko Huttunen)
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You know that cabin you’ve been dreaming about building? Well, maybe you should go ahead and break ground.

That’s what the owners of this Finnish island getaway did. They recruited some architect friends to build this project, which is designed around the outdoor rec opportunities in the area: fishing, swimming, hiking, and, uh, relaxing in a sauna.

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Huttunen, Lipasti, and Pakkanen Architects (Photo: Marko Huttunen)

Wood was used for both the interior and the exterior of the house—a smart choice, because it’s easy to work with and, when left untreated, weathers to a silvery grey. Corrugated sheet metal covers the single slope roof, another low-maintenance feature. The main house has two bedrooms that flank a glass entrance, a loft, an open space for living, dining, and eating—and a deck that’s larger than all of those rooms combined.  

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Huttunen, Lipasti, and Pakkanen Architects (Photo: Marko Huttunen)

That deck stretches as close as it can to the sea. Angled walls along the sides protect you from winds and offer cubbies to store firewood, gear, and furniture. My favorite detail? The sunken central fire pit, which is covered with a wood hatch when not in use. 

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Huttunen, Lipasti, and Pakkanen Architects (Photo: Marko Huttunen)

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