Before and After - Making a Backyard more Serene
Modifying a Deck - How to make an outdoor space a little more Serene
When this family asked me to make their backyard more serene and usable they never imagined I would tell them to alter their architect-designed deck!
But when I arrived and saw their property I quickly realized that the 'grand staircase' that led from their deck was more 'show' than anything else. It was perfect as a 'Gone with the Wind' stairway, allowing Vivien Leigh to descend in her long hoop skirt, but it did not fit a modern 21st century family.
My suggestion? Remove the staircase entirely and build one on the side of the deck. The husband was a little taken aback by my idea and thus I did not hear from him for another 6 months. But when he called he told me that he was ready to modify the deck.
The result was a lovely and more usable deck accompanied by a larger and more level lawn. The new railing also made the deck more inviting. I also added white birch trees, pennisetum, viburnum and more. And note the tall planters I placed on the deck in front of each deck column.
The changes were a great success and it appears a little more serene too, don't you think?