Two-Story Deck Doubles Outdoor Space

Designer: SHD Landscape Architecture
Location: Queen Anne, Seattle, WA
Scope: 2-story deck with spiral staircase

What’s better than one outdoor deck? Two! A Queen Anne backyard was completely transformed by the construction of a two-story deck. We were brought onto this job after the original contractor had started and was unable to finish. After a few design meetings to get up to speed, we jumped in to create the structure and matching railing.

The 15’x23’ upper deck was carefully designed to create an all-weather outdoor area below that would be protected from rain. With a galvanized steel corrugated roofing system the lower level is completed shielded, allowing for year-round grilling. Grooved composite decking was installed with a picture frame perimeter and center divider between the 12′ boards.

The cedar railings are varnished to create a water-resistant finish, and modern stainless steel cable is used for the railing. The 2nd story deck is both accessible from the 2nd story, and via a powder-coated spiral staircase on one side. The homeowners added a large shade sail to create privacy on the 2nd story deck from nearby neighbors. The resulting space is a beautiful, multi-level outdoor entertainment area.

Photos: Cindy Apple Photography

Before & After

From monochromatic to bursting with style, this powder room remodel employs new wallpaper and aged brass fixtures to transport the homeowners instantly to the Hawaiian islands.

It’s well-known that wallpaper can either be a stylish accent or a decorating faux pas. We found a palm leaf wallpaper that creates the perfect playful backdrop for this chic tropical bathroom. Vibrant greens are balanced by muted pastels within the leafy pattern. A slab-front walnut vanity contrasts the all-white tile and countertop, while adding a touch of warmth. Modern sconces and simple, but luxurious, aged brass details let the wallpaper do the talking.

But if you look closely, you’ll also see some subtle complexity in the tile selections. The subway tile’s irregular edges have an organic, almost handmade, feel. Black marble hexagon floor tiles ground the space and add a final modern element to the room.  With white veining, they too feel earthy and fitting for a tropical retreat. It’s these small details that we hope sets our designs apart from the rest.

While the footprint might be small, this powder room has big flair! It proves once again that a powder room is the ultimate space for a little remodel risk-taking. Bold colors and patterns in small spaces is an easy way to play with design elements you wouldn’t typically try elsewhere. We’d be lying if we said this tropical bathroom doesn’t make us want to add bold patterns to every room, or at least plan our next vacation.

Photos: Cindy Apple Photography