The interiors of our homes have been getting more open for years. Now that trend is continuing outdoors, with decks and patios becoming larger and more popular, reports Wall Street Journal’s Stefanos Chen. “The size of decks and patios is rising, and architects are seeing renewed interest from luxury-home buyers — even in cold-winter markets,” Chen writes. “The shift, experts say, reflects what’s happening indoors: Walls are coming down, along with the notion of boxy, formal living spaces. Now, more developers are taking cues from the resort industry, where the outdoors shines.” Outdoor propane amenities like patio heaters, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens are an ideal way to craft a client’s dream deck. Be sure to check out WSJ’s slideshow for some exceptional inspiration.

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