We have one main deck in the center of the back of the house that can be accessed through the sliding doors in our kitchen (on the right below) or through the sliding doors in our studio (on the left below.) On either side you walk out onto a small little wooden deck and up a stepped deck to get to the main deck.
Our deck's in the shape of a trapezoid (yay! I learned something in 4th grade!! ;) ;) it's red, and it looks really awkward. We've always felt like there's a dead spot to the right of the deck outside of the kitchen... I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to extend the entertaining space somehow. Our outdoor dining table sits on the red (for now) deck and I thought that if I extended the deck somehow to the right, that the new space could be for seating and grilling.
Here's the view from the kitchen sliders a few week ago:
Then I was contacted by Home Depot about joining in their "Style Challenge" where they gift bloggers patio furniture and have you take photos of your new furniture at home...
I was so excited about being gifted the furniture but the wind left my sails a bit when I remembered we didn't actually have a spot for it. I envisioned a grassy patio furniture photo shoot and it didn't quite look so good.
...So I got in touch with my good friend, Mike Carr, (of CarrMichael Construction who's done our entire house) and asked for a slightly huge favor... "Can you -pretty please- build a patio- in the dead of Winter.. Umm, right now??" Mike came through, as usual, and the guys showed up!!
They began by removing my little red kitchen deck...
Then they created a two-tiered patio foundation of gravel and other important stuff that I didn't pay attention to:
So it went from this:
...in a few days!!
I'm so excited!!!
We've moved our grill just outside of the kitchen doors, which is going to be so convenient for meals. (When it gets warmer, we do almost all of our meat & nightly meals outside.) The tiered patio works so nicely on the hill and now we'll have the perfect spot to sit.
Here's the Beverly sectional that Home Depot is (so kindly!!) giving us:
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