Multi-Story Deck Rebuild

Designer: Cat Schmidt
Location: Green Lake, Seattle, WA
Scope: Deck
Sustainability: 50%+ recycle rate, engineered Fiberon decking (contains 95% recycled content), LED lighting, EV Charger, metal water diversion panels

A dilapidated deck tear-down makes way for modern matte black, composite wood and more yard space for entertaining. This multi-story deck rebuild transformed the whole backyard. We took an unsafe carport deck and replaced it with a smaller multi-level deck that prioritizes functionality, privacy and entertaining.

The previous carport was unpermitted and certainly not built to last. The above deck was rotting and unsafe for use, and the steps from the main level kitchen were treacherous at best. We helped the homeowners reimagine and rebuild the deck completely.

The back door now exits onto a covered back patio that can be used in all weather. A corrugated metal water diversion system under the uppermost deck protects the lower deck from rainwater by draining any water to a gutter on the side of the house. Now there’s no need to protect furniture during the warmer months; it can easily stay outside away from the elements. Wood lattices give the modern deck a softer appearance and also function as privacy panels.

Lighted steps from the back door to the patio allow for nighttime use, as do the sconce lights framing the lower deck. Extra electrical boxes were added so decorative string lights could be hung across the backyard. The backyard was leveled to provide a more even surface for natural stone pavers. A large entertaining area in the backyard is now home to the grill, firepit and a lounge set.

The upper deck serves as a balcony for the primary suite located upstairs. The homeowners can sit outside in the sun and enjoy a glass of wine or good read on the intimate upper level. From every level and every angle, this deck rebuild is a perfect complement to the recently painted dark blue exterior. It’s multi-level and multi-functional.

Photos: Cindy Apple Photography

Before & After

A dilapidated deck tear-down makes way for modern matte black, composite wood and more yard space for entertaining. This multi-story deck rebuild transformed the whole backyard. We took an unsafe carport deck and replaced it with a smaller multi-level deck that prioritizes functionality, privacy and entertaining.

The previous carport was unpermitted and certainly not built to last. The above deck was rotting and unsafe for use, and the steps from the main level kitchen were treacherous at best. We helped the homeowners reimagine and rebuild the deck completely.

The back door now exits onto a covered back patio that can be used in all weather. A corrugated metal water diversion system under the uppermost deck protects the lower deck from rainwater by draining any water to a gutter on the side of the house. Now there’s no need to protect furniture during the warmer months; it can easily stay outside away from the elements. Wood lattices give the modern deck a softer appearance and also function as privacy panels.

Lighted steps from the back door to the patio allow for nighttime use, as do the sconce lights framing the lower deck. Extra electrical boxes were added so decorative string lights could be hung across the backyard. The backyard was leveled to provide a more even surface for natural stone pavers. A large entertaining area in the backyard is now home to the grill, firepit and a lounge set.

The upper deck serves as a balcony for the primary suite located upstairs. The homeowners can sit outside in the sun and enjoy a glass of wine or good read on the intimate upper level. From every level and every angle, this deck rebuild is a perfect complement to the recently painted dark blue exterior. It’s multi-level and multi-functional.

Photos: Cindy Apple Photography