In architecture, a deck is a constructed flat surface capable of supporting weight, similar to a floor but typically constructed outdoors and usually (though not always) connected to a building. The term is a generalization of decks as found on ships. Architecture (in Greek αρχή = first and τέχνη = craftsmanship) is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. ... This article is about the floor of a room or building. ... A permanent covering over a compartment or a hull. On a boat or ship, the primary deck is the horizontal structure which forms the lid of the hull, which both strengthens the hull and serves as the primary working surface. ...
A deck of a house is generally a wooden platform built above the ground and connected to the main building. It is generally enclosed by a railing, for safety. Access may be from the house, through a sliding door or French doors, and/or from the ground via stairs. Residential decks are often constructed over areas of steep or rough ground that is otherwise unusable. Houses in Fishpool Street, St Albans, England For other meanings of the word house, see House (disambiguation). ... A french door (also French door) is a door with glass panes that extend for most of its length. ... Stairs, staircase, stairway, flight of stairs are all names for a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. ...
Larger buildings may also have decks designed in, where an upper part of the building has a smaller cross-section than a lower part. Sometimes these are open to the public as observation decks.
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