Windeck Ltd.

The Big Deckbowski

With summer winding down, you’ll want to enjoy all the warmth you can before the inevitable freezing temperatures arrive. Look no further than the amazing deck nicknamed The Big Deckbowski’. With gorgeous pops of red everywhere you look, and a dark, moody, yet inviting atmosphere, you’ll never want to leave your deck for a second.

What’s unique about this deck is it’s not your standard, static deck. It has several moving parts – 22 motors, in fact – that enhance the environment it creates. For example, this project features a five-zone louvred roof which opens and closes, letting in sunlight or completely blocking it off. No fewer than five double-screen slash vinyl sunshades come down to whatever extent you desire, whether it’s two feet to provide partial coverage, or all the way to completely block out the sun.


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There’s nothing like cooking outside in an all-granite outdoor kitchen. No one wants to keep trotting back and forth from inside to feed their guests. The granite countertops are like works of art, with black and white swirls surrounding a built-in barbecue grill and fridge. Mere steps away from the cooking station are comfortable seats for eight.


In-lite lighting is a great product for exterior yard & deck applications, and there’s plenty of it here: surface lights in the inlays, scope lights in the louvred roofs, and even lights built into the stairs! All the in-lite lighting products are controlled via wireless Bluetooth hub or can be used on a home automation system. Infrared heaters are also ready to warm things up during spring and fall.


A TV out in the open on a deck can look a bit strange—that’s why Windeck installed a TV that remains concealed inside the deck until summoned. To the unsuspecting eye, the area looks like a spot to [open down] drinks or food, but, via the home automation system, the TV literally rises to the occasion with the bush of a button. It swivels so you can watch from the living area or from the hot tub.


The fire and fire-related features are the showstoppers on this deck. The customer wanted the fiery orange swirls to run from one end of the deck to the other. These were ink-jet printed on the glass and baked on permanently. There are also a fireplace and a firepit to add elegance and warmth during those chillier summer evenings.


The deck’s most unique feature: nearly 400 square feet of completely custom, permanent, full-colour, ceramic frit imagery, with graphic flow-through at panel edges. The project included 10 panels weighing over a ton in total, with the largest panel weighing in at nearly 500 pounds. Ceramic frit is applied to the glass at 36 million particles per second, yielding photo-realistic 720-dpi imagery.