roof deck designed by Douglas Fanning might be a sound argument to settle for a roof deck. (It was in New York magazine a while back, but I just came across it again.) The humble 200 square-foot patio was nothing to look at before Fanning got his hands on it. The new deck, built-in benches and planter arbor are all made from a steel beam base with cedar boxes to hold the dirt and plants. I love the simplicity of the design and how completely it transforms the space, don't you?