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Wide-Ledge Porch

A multifunctional railing offers extra seating.

Homeowners Karyn Gordon and Brent Penner wanted to customize the small front deck. They built the extra-wide ledge in one weekend with some friends . A generous ledge eliminates the need for side tables — drinks and snacks can be piled on it — and comes in handy as extra seating. It's also built low enough that it doesn't obstruct views of the lake.

See more of this cottage in our photo gallery, plus see more small patios, porches and balconies in this photo gallery.

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