One of the reasons why we built was because of this lot. I love that it faces north, and it’s on the lake with nice views of a wooded area. And while there are houses on the other side of the lake, we don’t feel like we’re all up in each others’ businesses.
The plan has always been to add a deck onto the back of the house so we can enjoy the backyard. We’d also like to do an area of pavers in the middle area of the back of the house (right outside the dining room windows). I want pavers in that area because I love the view out the dining room windows, and I don’t want stuff on a deck to obstruct the view.
So this summer we’re choosing to tackle the deck.
Here’s the bullet points on our deck wishlist:
• 18′ x 20′ deck on the right side of the house
• pergola with multiple lattice
• thin black deck railing
• solid deck skirting
• wood slat privacy screen
photo sources: unknown, our neighbor, unknown
I created these very professional-looking renderings that are 100% not to scale, but you’ll get the idea.
Option 1 is a 18′ by 20′ deck with an 11′ by 10′ pergola the hugs the house. With this option, I’d create a seating are under the pergola and have the dining area in the uncovered part. There’d be a wood slat privacy screen running the length of the pergola on the right side. The solid black squares are the posts to support the pergola. The deck railing would start by the steps, wrap around the bottom of the deck, and end at the bottom of the pergola.
Option 2 is a 18′ by 20′ deck with an 11′ by 20′ pergola, which will run the entire length of the right side of the deck. With this option, there would obviously be more shade, which is important because this is the south side of the house. To create two defined spaces, I’d have the wood slat privacy screen on the right side of the deck closest to the house. The railing would start by the steps, wrap around the bottom, and end at the middle pergola post on the right side.
The plan is to eventually paint the decking gray and the pergola, newels, and privacy screen white to match the house because I like when decks blend in with houses.
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