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Building an outdoor deck on top of a finished room may not sound like the best proposition. But when a good past customer asked us to design a project that would do just that, we didn’t hesitate. Adding to its complexity, the deck had an irregular shape because it was built to join two octagonal rooms of the house. We also had to control the water runoff from the house and direct it to a dry well to satisfy town conservation regulations. In addition to the deck, the design included another flat roof area, on a second level, that would have a decorative balustrade at its edge. Many homeowners here in New England are concerned when I suggest a