Our clients came to us requesting a complete deck overhaul. They love to entertain and the steep slope of their Des Moines backyard means their deck is the only useable outdoor space to do so. Although in decent condition, the deck size and layout rendered it confining and uninspiring. We took cues from more modern elements of the interior and designed a stunning outdoor space with ample room for entertaining and otherwise.
A Modern Terrace for Entertaining & Relaxing
A sloped back yard provides the ideal scenario for a terraced deck. The homeowners wanted to keep the deck high above grade to minimize bothersome bugs that tend to gather lower to the ground. The main portion of the deck will be expanded and we’ll integrate a gentle terraced extension with built-in seating around a gas fire pit. Tall planters will provide greenery and help refocus the space away from the garage door and toward the wooded backyard. Installing large format pavers over the existing slab and repeating them for the footpath will add a nice tie-in to the landscaping. A contemporary railing consisting of square metal posts with horizontal cables will be topped with a teak rail. Rather than attach the posts to the decking, we opted for a more contemporary approach and will mount them to the vertical skirting. Slim posts lights are in the plans to provide soft evening illumination around the perimeter. Our clients are in love with this new plan and so are we.
Prepping for Finishes
With all the additional footings poured, the framing is well underway. We were able to salvage most of the original structure and extend the joists to expand the main footprint. Landscape fabric and rock beneath the deck is in place to minimize erosion on the steep slope and to discourage unwanted vegetation. The lower deck is taking form as well and the clients are beginning to visualize their new space.
Once framing is completed, we’ll start on the built-ins and then the real transformation will begin. So far this deck update is coming along nicely and the homeowners are excited to get their first party invitations out!
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