At Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham and the Greater Triangle, we create customized solutions for the unmet outdoor living needs of our clients. In this project, a Raleigh homeowner asked us to make their backyard more family-friendly. Their family wasn’t using the existing patios behind the house, multiple sets of concrete stairs leading to the backyard made it feel disjointed, and the sloping ground made the yard challenging to navigate. To create a functional and appealing outdoor space for our clients and their family, we designed and built a large, multi-level deck off the house leading down to a smaller deck at the entrance of the detached garage.
There are many reasons why homeowners love a multi-level deck. In this case, the multiple levels accomplish several goals. First, they divide the expansive deck into two separate but adjacent spaces that the family can use in different ways at the same time. For example, the upper level is perfect for lounging while watching the children play in the yard, while others may want to gather around the firepit on the lower level.
Secondly, by making the outer portion of the deck several steps down, the view of the sloping yard from the upper level of the deck remains unobstructed. This is especially helpful to this family, as it increases the visibility of their children when they play on the playground in the yard.
Lastly, having multiple levels provides a smoother transition from the home down to the steeply sloped yard. Rather than having steep concrete stairs leading from the home to the bottom of the hill, the deck provides a more comfortable physical descent with an elegant and updated look. A standalone smaller deck outside of the detached garage provides a cozy little nook for relaxation and better access to the deck and house from the garage.
A beautiful feature of this multi-level deck is an angled staircase designed specifically to ease entry into the most utilized areas of the backyard from the lower level. The black balusters on the deck and stair railings blend subtly into the background, enhancing the visibility of the backyard. We added riser lights to offset darkness when returning to the house in the fading light.
While function is vital to every Archadeck design, beauty is always integrated. We utilized the unique relief of the home’s architecture as inspiration for the shape of our deck design. The resulting view of the home from the backyard is aesthetically pleasing and looks as if the deck was always part of the original home plans.
Enjoy the full gallery of this project below. Be sure to click through the images for more design details of each element.