Is that a pored concrete deck with a steel frame and galvanized steps? And what is the mustard yellow material under the framing of the deck? Also what type of wood paneling is that under the picture frame window? »
Bring the inside out. This raised patio area alongside the back of a home is covered with a frosted glass panels to allow light to come through. Even on a gray day, it will still be a good place to hang out by the fireplace. And because it's not too deep, this is a great way to accomplish outdoor living spaces in more urban settings.
1. New railings. Because the railings stood out so much, they didn't seem to be in harmony with the rest of the home. Something more transparent that coordinates with the rest of the trim choices is called for. Because the house has a contemporary look, I thought it would be nice to add some metal to the mix.
Solid materials can also be used for sunshades, such as this translucent plane over wood structure. In this case the shade filters light entering the glass expanse at right, but it also allows the seating area to be used even when it's raining.