Tying it together
December 14, 2012 in Design Dilemma
I'd like to create a space with flow bringing together the deck, the concrete slab and the tree in the corner. I'd like it to be an inviting space to lounge, eat, and enjoy the soon to be improved landscaping.

Any ideas appreciated.
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What rooms in the house could have access directly onto the deck and to the slab? I'm presuming some new exits may be in order for maximum usefulness of a wrap around outdoor area.
December 14, 2012 at 10:46am   
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The door on the deck leads to the living room. I've attached a picture of the wall on the other side of the concrete slab (slab is positioned between the two windows). The picture was taken just to the right of where the outside door is. It would be nice to open the whole house up to it, but we need to keep costs to the do-it-yourself level.
December 14, 2012 at 10:56am   
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Sorry, but I am confused. Which is the front of the house and which is the back? How do you get to the slab now?
December 14, 2012 at 11:03am   
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The slab and deck are in the back of the house. I've attached an image of the front of the house. We are just buying the house now. I plan on putting down some stepping stones or pavers from the driveway to the slab/future sitting area, or it can be accessed from the living room door.
December 14, 2012 at 11:10am   
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Would a design like this work? You would come down off the deck and then continue more decking to the patio. The description that goes with this pix refers to this as floating deck. It's a very inviting look as you can do landscaping on either side of it to give it a natural effect. Then when you get to the hardscape, maybe that is the spot to have the grille and table/chairs. Set the deck up more like a living room.
December 14, 2012 at 11:21am   
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Yes, that's very nice thanks.
December 14, 2012 at 11:26am   
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If you can lose the railing on deck and create a step down it would be much more open and pretty. The deck is low enough to create stairs without railings. I'd also create some benches instead of rails to keep the look open. Love the garden idea above.
December 15, 2012 at 7:14pm     
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Be aware of local regs requiring railings on even very low decks. Check first. Would work on the front of the house first and pull out the clumpy hedges. That's an easy DIY.
December 15, 2012 at 9:20pm   
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Cyn222 my thoughts exactly on the railing.

Deco good point on regs- will check.

Didn't think the front was too bad. Any suggestions or pictures?
December 15, 2012 at 11:37pm   
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