Our client was trying to make the most of living by the Chagrin River. The river was across the street in the front yard, so getting a view from backyard would pose some challenges, but we were up for it.
The backyard had an existing old deck that was in need of some maintenance. It was decided that a total tear out and start from scratch would be the best approach since that would open up the possibility for a completely new design.
A single level design would give the client the most usable space but to define areas of the deck we inlaid borders going in opposite directions. Extending the deck beyond the side of the house would offer views of the river but would complicate the design. It’s not very often that a deck sticks out beyond the side of the house since it become visible from the street. In this case, this was fine since the view across the street was what we wanted. In order to make the deck appealing from the street, we designed an octagon at the side of the deck that would have a fire-pit as well as benches surrounding it.
The new deck was constructed with low-maintenance deck materials and low-voltage deck lighting. The lights offer a warm glow in the evenings and are visible from the street as well which ties in nicely with the existing low-voltage landscape lights.
Now the beauty of the Chagrin River can be enjoyed from this Trex composite deck, both during the day and during the night.