This project turned out amazing! I truly loved designing and building this project. The homeowners came to me to create a custom 3D design for them that would incorporate many of their needs into a compact, efficient design. They wanted to preserve the gorgeous view from the rear of the house while at the same time provided some much needed shade.
We started by removing the existing deck and designed a much larger space with a catwalk that linked the driveway at the side of the house to the rear deck. This allowed for easy movement between spaces. Our design featured an “open” plan with a gentle curve as an accent. We chose a PVC deck material by TimberTech for the low maintenance decking material. All decking was installed with invisible fasteners so the decking appears to be lying there. The railings are molded aluminum with a powered coated finish for a lifetime of low maintenance. The almost invisible railing post LED light fixtures are designed to cast just a small amount of light along the edge of the decking spaces.
The deck area was also designed with storage in mind. We designed an under-deck storage space complete with a bright white waterproof ceiling, overall vinyl sided enclosure (to match the house), wide open access doors with decorative hinges and a window to give it a nicer look and natural light.
One special concern the homeowners had was that in the afternoon, the sun cooks the whole deck area. We addressed this by adding a decorative vinyl pergola with a lattice top to the dining area of the deck. This area will now be much cooler in the summer.
A curved bar/eating area was added to the deck to provide space for friends and family members to enjoy a meal while at the same time take in the beautiful sites of the surrounding vistas.
The patio was designed as a living room with room for an outdoor love seat and couch. A fire pit space was included for those cool spring and fall evenings.
Colorful landscape plantings were added to provide year round interest and privacy. Boulders were added to the steep hillside for more interest and to help retain the soil.
The warm and inviting low voltage LED lighting was added around the patio and plantings to create a subtle ambiance of light for evening enjoyment.
This pressure treated deck was starting to show its age and there was not enough space for the the family to cook, dine and entertain. A new deck space had to be created in order for the homeowners to have what they craved, and that was an amazing outdoor living space experience.
There was a major slope and disconnect from the driveway to the deck area, which needed to be solved to make this space feel like it was designed at the same time as the home.
Creating the 3D, full-color model of this space really helped the homeowners see the true potential for their outdoor living space. Being able to walk through the design was a great way to show them how each piece solved a current problem they have.
One major benefit of 3D design is being able to make changes within minutes of a request from the client. We were able to revise the landscaping with the homeowner, all while viewing this design at their kitchen table.
We had great access to the backyard for the construction equipment, which limited the amount of lawn we would have to restore. The deck and patio installers worked tirelessly and never dropped their attention to detail throughout.
The composite decking will be low-maintenance for the life of the structure. No more sanding and staining like the homeowner's previous pressure treated deck. Here, the patio has been formed and stoned, ready for the concrete to be poured and stamped.
Once the deck has been completed, it was time to build the custom pergola structure, which allows the homeowners respite from the midday sun.
Construction has been completed and the space has been furnished. This new outdoor living space is perfect for relaxation, taking in the sunrise and watching the sun fade past the horizon.
The added lighting to the custom pergola really makes the structure shine on at night. Along with the potted annuals, this space would make you think that you are on vacation, not relaxing at your own home!
The patio is set for fireside chats and laughter. The nearby landscaping is beautifully highlighted along the pathway, creating a dramatic flair, only to be matched by the lighting of the deck above.