In case you haven't been following along, here is what we started with:
Old, worn out, and in some cases improperly built. Back in 2014 we tackled the "top deck", which comes off of the dining room. You can read about that here. Here's what it looked like by the end of 2014:
And here's where we are today:
The construction was finished up around Thanksgiving last year, and I was finally able to stain it in the late spring. You can see that we went with the same herringbone pattern for the decking (centered at the door) as the top deck. There are steps to the back yard, and then steps to the patio we built underneath the top deck.
I started out thinking that I wanted a full roof on this side, but after weighing all of the options, we landed on a pergola. I hung shade cloth to help it feel a little more like a room (post coming soon!), which has become a good alternative.
I'll go through all of the projects for filling the space in later posts, but for now I just wanted to share our new space. It looks cozy at night too:
I got really excited before I stained the deck and actually drug everything out, just to see how it would look:
It was a lot of work, and there is still some more to be done, but the deck itself is finally open for business! :) We are so happy with how it turned out, and it really gives us options for entertaining that we just can't do inside the house. Our house isn't big enough for a crowd, but this deck opens up so many possibilities! Aside from entertaining potential, we eat many of our meals at our table on the top deck, and find ourselves just resting out here in the evenings.
If you live in the local area, and are thinking about revamping your outdoor space, consider Huber Landscaping and Excavating (http://www.huberle.com/) for your project! This is a great example of the work he does!
Stay tuned for more posts about the details!
Take it easy,