Just-Right Shading A canopy system and right-size furnishings turn this deck into an inviting hangout. Retractable shade panels on a sliding track are attached to the pergola and block the sun's rays. The panels' neutral taupe color makes them look like an extension of the home.
RSM note: I like the wood ceiling. Could we do something like this with the fireplace at the end and have part of the wooden roof part closed like the picture and part of it more of a pergola style where it lets some light through? We'd have to strategize which end would be open and which closed. Also from an architechtural standpoint, can we do a roof like this, or does it need to be a slant away from our house, since it will be connected to our house on one side?
If you've got the space and budget for more than a fire pit, consider putting in a freestanding prefab fireplace and surrounding it with a hearth that doubles as a low sitting wall. | Photo: Thomas J. Story | thisoldhouse.com