Here is the view from the garden, looking back at our house. I hate, hate it. But we’ve left it to be one of the last renovations as it’s the least necessary in order for us to live comfortably. Over the last 8 years of living here though, the deck has worn away and is evidently becoming a priority for a few reasons (safety is number one – but the second reason may be because of my sheer hate of this part of our house)
The eventual plan would be to take down the deck and make it span the full width of our house. It currently doesn’t span the width of the house presumably to allow for the entrance to the basement (you can see it in the bottom left of the house). We don’t use this entrance as it goes into a short awkward storage room and as it is – the door is blocked on the inside with shelving. So it’s a unusable door and, we get more use out of that room being storage (accessed from inside) than we would get via having a basement entrance. The plan that I have would be to just build the deck straight across so it closes off that door. The dinner table conversations about it, Aubrey thinks it’s a selling feature to have access to the basement but from my perspective – we aren’t likely going to be in a position to lower the back room (financial) and I’d rather have a bigger back deck for our family than a possible selling feature for when we plan to sell. (Which isn’t even on our radar. We’re not moving. I love our house)
So here is what I don’t like about this current deck
– Too small of a landing to really properly use it as we would like to (eating at a table in the summer)
– It’s rotting. And gives you splinters if you even look at it.
– It’s super high. Which we can’t fix, but we could potentially do a few “levels” so it’s not such a straight up and down staircase.
What we need to figure out
– Design (I think I need to get someone to help me out with this design as it likely would be multilayer)
– Materials (Lumber or Composite?)
– Cost (The material and complexity would change this)
Some Design Ideas
Here are some images that I’ve saved that are inspirational but none are really 100% what I’d like to do. Or I should say, not one is 100% of what we could do. It’s weird space and I really don’t want a straight down staircase into the garden, instead I’d like wide open stairs that could be used as seating in our outdoor parties, and be more welcoming.
Or how about these by Platform Studios. Look at the multi levels and how they incorporate concrete (love!) and greenery on the deck.
While we’re on the topic of the back of our house, the “jackpot” wish would be to either paint out the siding on the back of the house or, do a new siding in a stone veneer or, B board for more of a beachy look. But the deck itself is the main priority and I think we could do the revamp in stages (as in, we don’t have to do both at the same time, in order to do either properly)