Project Overview


The award-winning Venice House by Sebastian Mariscal has been published worldwide as a celebrated example of warm modernism. Configured as a compound of structures connected by formal outdoor spaces, the result is a heightened integration of nature into daily life. Interior spaces open via solid mahogany lift-and-slide pocket doors to interface with exterior patios, courtyards and rooftop gardens creating expertly crafted indoor-outdoor living. Two outdoor fireplaces complement a dining pavilion and lounge area. A sensuous palette of mahogany windows and extensive custom casework is balanced with finely detailed ebony-stained cedar siding



Dwell reached out to us regarding how our pedestal based decking over existing living space might align with a unique modern residential design project. This design combines the concepts of “Interior/Exterior Living” that take into account human interaction and space & energy reduction. This is achieved through the integration of strategically placed outdoor rooms that create harmonious transitions from inside to out. A key element of creating this seamless transition was eliminating the height variations between the interior and exterior floors.

Our Solution:

Built over waterproofed roof, Deck tiles placed on pedestals compensate for the sloped roof/subfloor, creating a beautiful level exterior hardwood deck that achieved the precise desired height the design called for to match the interior flooring. The rich brown color of the stained Ipe hardwood compliments the interior color palette while striking a bold contrast to the ebony-stained cedar siding. With specifications calling for electrical lightening to be run underneath the deck, the modular deck tiles can be easily pulled for future replacement of bulbs or other repairs and the pedestal configuration allows the sloped roof to drain effectively.

To learn more about this unique home, who’s entire construction process was chronicled in an epic 22-part construction diary for Dwell magazine, click on the Dwell logo below: