Looking for ideas for our deck (from 2nd level)

by Danielle
(Halifax, NS, Canada)

I am looking for some ideas for a deck coming off our kitchen of our split entry home.

Currently as you will see in the pictures we have just a square shaped deck (I`d say roughly 13x13) coming off the kitchen patio doors and a long set of stairs coming down.

Also, I am not sure what can be done but right now the deck is closed off to the backyard ... which I like but don`t like.

It`s nice having the privacy from neighbors but at the same time we can`t sit on the deck and look onto our backyard.

So I am interested in any suggestions that someone may have about changing the deck .... perhaps a multilevel deck to shorten the stairs up maybe.

If this helps at all, we would like a spot for the bbq gas grill as well as a place to hide from the sun/bugs.

We also have a large rectangular patio table and 6 chairs that we would need to account for.

If any other pictures are needed just let me know.

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Aug 29, 2012
Some deck design ideas for multilevel decks
by: Editor-Rich Bergman

Your deck is a perfect candidate to become a multilevel deck. There are lots of possibilities and its impossible for me draw out all the options. But lets start by imagining a lower level at the mid point between the existing deck and the ground level.

You would have another set of stairs from the mid level deck to the ground. You may have more than one set of stairs to the ground for more access and freedom. But you may also wish to keep at least one set of stairs in line with each other from the ground up to the top deck for a fast direct line of access.

The mid level deck can wrap around partially or completely based on the sun location or area of the backyard that is most inviting.

Hope this helps your mind to start envisioning all the creative deck designs possible with your yard.

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