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The perfect colour for privacy screens…

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I’m going to show you in the upcoming weeks the reveal of the back studio / garage build (the exterior of it at least). It was a big project and we’re still working on minor additions to the exterior. Part of the exterior was building a semi privacy screen much like we have elsewhere in the garden. But I’ve started to think we need to paint or, do a dark stain. I drive by this house often in our neighbourhood and LOVE the colour of the lattice. I almost knocked on their door to ask what colour it was, and if they didn’t know, I was going to be prepared with my paint decks, ready to colour match. It’s the perfect colour for a fence. Not too light, not overly dark. Kind of has some green undertones, which is perfect when you have trees. I decided to post it to my facebook wall. Continue Reading →

In Garden/ Renovations

Designing a Back Deck

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)

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Eventual Plan
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.

Rotting Back Deck

Rotting Back Deck

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.

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via Decks.com

Or how about these by Platform Studios. Look at the multi levels and how they incorporate concrete (love!) and greenery on the deck.

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Platform Design Studio

Platform Design Studio

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)

Pinterest boards you may like that I’ve been compiling ideas in / Composite Decks , Deck Design 

In Updates

back deck lighting + grass

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The back deck has gone through a little series of updates  and I’m excited to show you the current stage. We did the final finishing touch and added some accent lighting to really finish off this space in addition to adding some planters. First – the lighting – I found two outdoor modern black lights at Sescolite in Toronto (they were approximately $100 each)

img (1) img (2) img (3) img (4)OMG. I love, love them. I really felt that we needed some lighting that shone down (vs. outwards) in order to not flood the deck with lighting. The two lights adds enough ambient lighting that you can sit out there and now see people, or even have the lights on when you’re indoors and you don’t feel like you’re sending a bat signal to outer space.

To finish off the space I added some planters from PC Home & Garden, and planted some perennial grasses that will stay there in the winter, and then I’ll cut them down in the Spring and watch them come back to life. The lighting and planters makes looking outside much more pleasant – previously it just looked like a porch, to get to the garden. Now it feels like an outdoor room.

Lighting

: Purchased at

Sescolite

Tip: Carolyn has always helped my Mom and I, and is amazing. Do ask for her if you go in. 

Planters + Plants

: Purchased at PC Garden Centre

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