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Building a Dream Deck

This busy family designs a deck for relaxing and entertaining.

Incorporate a Deck

After adding a master bedroom, these homeowners developed and incorporated a multifunctional deck to comfortably accommodate the entire family. Exterior doors in their kitchen and master suite were installed for the express purpose of entering the anticipated alfresco area. The family members—three active children, a dad with do-it-yourself talents and a passion for cooking, and a mom sporting a great sense of style and a green thumb were eager to transform the construction site into the deck of their dreams. The goal was to extend the outdoor living space—with access from both the kitchen and the master bedroom—providing a spot to entertain friends, relax, and spend time together as a family.

The Perfect Plan

Before starting construction of the deck, the homeowners researched innovative building products and gathered photos of decks they liked. Then they met with an architect, who helped put the family’s vision on paper. To create an outdoor space accommodating a variety of activities, they sketched a deck with two levels. A seating area, a dining area, built-in planters, and a trickling water fountain would compose the upper level; the lower tier, designed around their large gas grill, would feature another dining area and benches for more seating. The goal was a deck with great style that also would blend with the natural setting, so the homeowners opted for a combination of rustic materials: stone, metal, and wood. When it came time to add the finishing touches, everyone gave input on lighting and accessories. And the kids made a special request for comfy furnishings where they could read, play games, and lounge.

Success Story

DesignTheir careful planning resulted in an outdoor space that the family and their guests can enjoy for years. This just may inspire you to build your own dream deck.

The Design Plan

Doors to the deck open from the kitchen (making Dad’s trek to the grill a short one) and the master bedroom (so Mom can slip out to enjoy her morning coffee). The upper deck has two sets of stairs—one provides access to the lower tier and the other to the backyard. The lower deck has an easy step down to the lawn plus a gate leading to the driveway.

Seating and Dining Areas

Three separate seating areas were carved out on the top tier. A dining area is ideal for family dinners and entertaining, while the space furnished with cushioned chairs and ottomans offers a cozy spot for after-dinner coffees. Around the water fountain, additional seating is for games or reading. On the lower level, built-in benches also allow seating along the deck’s edge. A tall bar table and chairs near the grill let the cook join the party.

Traffic Flow
Ample space between the dining and seating areas, grill, and fountain is the key to comfortable traffic flow. Closer to the yard, the lower level has a more open layout for easy mingling among party guests.


Water Feature

The fountain adds peaceful ambience for entertaining and relaxing. This element was created using a pond liner, a statuary pump, and other materials from the plumbing department.


Canopies with protective acrylic panels deflect rainwater and protect the doorways on the upper level. 

Multiple lighting sources provide optimal safety and comfort. Wall-mounted lanterns illuminate the space near the doors, outdoor lamps brighten up the seating areas and the stairway, and copper torches offer ambient lighting. All fixtures are weather resistant.


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Cushioned chairs with ottomans make comfortable seating
Cushioned chairs with ottomans provide comfortable seating. Combined with stylish dining furniture, they bring elegance outdoors. All are designed to resist water and sun damage.

Weather-resistant outdoor lampLovely Lamps
A weather-resistant outdoor floor lamp brightens the stairway, while an outdoor table lamp lights up the seating area. Both feature washable shades.

Rust-colored planter with plantsGarden Style
A rust-colored planter filled with plants, including red and purple coleus, adds a burst of color to the deck.

Citronella torchFired Up
Torches add a rustic touch and repeat the copper elements found in the fountain and the lanterns. Adding citronella oil to the torches wards off mosquitos.

Outdoor rug defines the dining areaA Soft Touch
An outdoor sisal-look rug defines the dining area and adds visual softness and texture. The rug is easy to care for and withstands weather and foot traffic.

Stainless steel gas grillWhat’s Cooking

This gas grill, which features a stainless steel cooking surface and cast brass burners, lets the homeowners prepare their favorite foods alfresco.

Decorative Outdoor LightingThe Bright Stuff
Ideal to illuminate the deck for after-dark entertaining, wall-mounted copper lanterns flank the doors.


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  • Building Materials
    • Assorted pine lumber rated for outdoor use
    • (4- x 8-foot) sheets of wooden lattice rated for outdoor use
    • 80 pounds of concrete
    • (3-inch) galvanized nails
    • Balusters (Deckorators, Baroque, bronze)*
    • Stone veneer (Cultured Stone® veneer, Classic Series, Chardonnay Country Ledgestone, special order)**
    • Concrete pavers (12-inch-square)
    • Sealant on decking (Olympic Maximum Tinted Waterproofing Sealant, Cedar Naturaltone)
  • Doors
    • French patio doors (Pella, ProLine 850 Series, special order)
  • Lighting
    • Wall-mount lanterns (Kichler)
    • Outdoor lamps (Portfolio; table lamp; floor lamp)†
  • Decorative Accessories
    • Table and chairs (Garden Treasures, Orleans; 48-inch round dining table; cushioned dining chairs; chairs with ottomans; 22-inch side table)
    • Gas grill (Jenn-Air)
    • Bar table and chairs (Garden Treasures, Athens; chairs; 30-inch square bar table)
    • Outdoor rug
    • Copper torches (Garden Treasures)
    • Olive branch planters
    • Rust planter
    • Stone fiberglass planters
    • Grilling tools
    • Non-stick wok
  • *Available by special order in some stores.
  • **Available by special order only in Mid-Atlantic region. See store for details.
  • †Selection varies by market
  • ††Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market.
  • †††Does not include lead time for special-order materials.

About This Article

  • Publish Date: 10/01/2008