Monday, August 16, 2010

deck to landing : before & after

It's always been in the back of our minds to redo the back porch/deck/jail cell one day.  So we designed, talked to friends and started to hoard materials.  A few bricks here,  some flagstone there, and what seemed like a snails pace project now is DONE!!!  Take a look see.

The old, thankfully rotting, deck.  With it's high railing and small stairway oriented not to the yard but the driveway instead.  Sure we had fun out here, and it was functional but it always seemed apart from the yard rather than an extension of it.

This is the new patio & deck ( sorry for the dappled light, it's just been so damned sunny lately)  We built a cedar landing with wide large steps, going to a brick & flagstone patio.  We wanted it to act as a space where kids & friends could come & go.  Eat, play music & shuck corn or have coffee on those steps.   Be in the yard. Here are a few more in shots of the progress

designing the shape & size the materials we had would allow.

Another reason I love my handy & patient husband, he built the stairs on the nights that I worked.  That means these two were happily helping out too.


Juniper said...

Hey, well done! It looks great!! Can I come round for a glass of lemonade? It seems the perfect place to sit and talk, watch the kids play, enjoy the beauty of your yard.

Anonymous said...

Love it-makes so much sense with the style of the house.

Little C and Little J said...

I love, love, love it. We are working on our garden as well (technically working on making one as we have the scrap heap equivalent of a yard right now). This is so inspiring. Solidifies our need for a patio area. I love the various benches here and there.

Maria said...

Lil, looks great...must come see...hope you are well...xxxx