Tree Canopy Deck
Our clients existing deck was starting to slide down the ravine. It was about 25 years old and the slide had been gradual but steady. As time went on this deck had crept away from the house about 3 inches.
A total rebuild would be required since most of the structure had been compromised. With the footers giving out, the frame had been stressed beyond repair and at age 25 it was not worth repairing.
This, of course opened the opportunity for a new deck design which was welcomed by our clients. A larger lower level was added which also had a screened-in gazebo and the upper level was also expanded to allow better flow. This deck had two big trees going right through it. That would stay the same. The trees would stay and we would have to work around them.
Having a ravine as a backyard is beautiful but also poses some challenges. Primarily, you don’t have much usable space. The good news is, that decks can solve that dilemma by giving usable outside space.
To keep the deck from moving in the future we installed all new foundations. These were designed by a civil engineer and were approved by the city building department. Having this confidence, our clients felt free to invest in the backyard they had always wanted.
Cable railings were selected on the deck for their transparency. Since this was a stunning wooded backyard, one of the primary concerns was to not impede their view. Low-maintenance Trex decking was selected for its rich deep wood-like grain pattern and deep colors.
Now this couple could rest assured that the deck was safe and code-compliant. They did not have to worry every time they stepped out on their deck. They enjoyed the ravine, the wildlife, and the tree canopy views and feeling. All this was brought back with their new deck.