The clients wanted a deck experience at both the kitchen and basement levels, a connection to the lower yard, and a hot tub, an outdoor shower, and a fire pit. Accommodating all of these needs was an exercise in 3-dimensional space planning.
A new door was added to connect the existing kitchen to the deck at the upper level. Space for grilling and dining was located above while comfortable seating was accommodated at the lower basement level. A carefully considered staircase connects the decks and then opens up as it reaches down to the yard. The hot tub and outdoor shower are readily accessible from the lower deck and a screened wall thoughtfully conceals unsightly HVAC equipment.
Meeting needs and exceeding expectations.
The design is more than meets the eye. The essential crux to this arrangement was minimizing the intersecting paths as people move up and down between decks or from one area to the next. The bounds of each zone help shape the overall space.
Standard wall framing dimensions were used as the foundation and wrapped with a screen wall of stick elements that provide visual texture and movement. The design reinforces the rhythm of activities in each area while supporting efficiencies, such as using the space under the upper deck for outdoor storage and hiding the HVAC equipment—accessible through a secret door.
The striking palette incorporates Ipe decking, black stained cedar and custom steel guardrail and cable rail infill.
This deck area maximizes the enjoyment of this home inside and out. Now the backyard is more than a treed hill view, it is the epitome of outdoor living.
“We couldn’t be happier with the design Christie Architecture did for our backyard deck. Even though I’m a contractor and was tempted to design it myself, I’m so glad we got Adam involved, as the result is way beyond anything I came up with. Without a doubt we would hire them again.”