Multi-Story Deck Rebuild

Designer: Cat Schmidt, Model Remodel

Location: Green Lake, Seattle, WA

Scope: Deck, Exterior Lighting, Car Charger

Sustainability: 50%+ recycle rate, engineered Fiberon decking (contains 95% recycled content), LED lighting, EV Charger, metal water diversion panels

A rotting deck was replaced with a brand new, two-story deck and backyard area fit for entertaining. This project took significant preparation to create a strong foundation for the new structure. The overall flow of the deck was reimagined and made more functional with the addition of outdoor lighting and new hardscaping.

The existing deck, as shown below, was old and damaged. Severe wood rot made the deck unsafe and unstable. The homeowner wanted to completely rethink the entire backyard space and give the replacement deck an all-season capability. Our designer delivered! The remodeled deck now includes a covered lower deck that can be used in the shoulder seasons. The stairs now lead straight down to the patio from the back door, a much more natural flow and functional layout for letting the dogs out or bringing in groceries.

The upper deck was also expanded to include enough space for lounge chairs. The previous deck had stairway access from the primary bedroom on the top floor of the home, but the landing was not large enough to be usable. Now it’s the perfect perch from which the homeowner can enjoy a cup of coffee or evening cocktail.

Engineered decking was used to withstand Pacific Northwest rainy weather with little upkeep. Natural wood for the base of the deck and the lattice were triple coating in a water-resistant protectant to keep their natural beauty, while ensuring longevity. Black powder-coated metal railings give the deck a modern feel. Stainless steel cable wiring is also modern, while creating a good sightline from the deck to the patio below.

Exterior lighting, both for string lights and integrated step lights, was carefully planned. We also used this electrical opportunity to install an EV charger to the exterior of the home. Old concrete and pavers were replacement with organically-shaped stones for a more natural look. With string lights overhead and nice outdoor furniture, this back patio is ready for grilling season!



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