06 Nov Backyard Living
Another great transformation lies ahead!
Backyards, oh how I love backyards and backyard living. When I worked on this project, it was late Spring and my client wanted her back deck finished in enough time to enjoy the summer. We made it happen. Read below to see how we did it..
This is where we started , pretty blah. We estimated that this deck must have been added on in the 1980’s. The deck flooring was chipping and peeling and the roof had weird light diffusing panels that really provided no light at all. Needless to say, we needed to fix this.
There are two entryways onto the deck. One leads into the kitchen, the other leads into the master bedroom. Both sets of doors had wrought iron secuity doors ON TOP of another set of sliding patio doors. Too many doors if you ask me.
These things were monstrous and so incredibly old. There were numerous locks to unlock and they weighed a ton. Overall, they just weren’t functional or pretty, to say the least. And if you look closely, you can see that there is no step down from the doorway to the deck. This is most definitely not to code and just an overall bad look.
Is the red paint an accent you ask? No, not at all. The previous homeowner didn’t bother to repaint once they removed the shutters that are no longer there. Between the electric box, the mismatched shutters and bad lighting, I had to roll up my sleeves to find a solution that was affordable and transformational. The size of this deck has so much potential for hosting lots of people and fun gatherings, I really wanted to make it nice for my client.
Because it was going to be beaucoup bucks to remove and replace this dated siding, we decide to paint over it. Paint can do wonders on most anything and lucky for us, this was true for the siding.
As you can tell from this picture, these doors were BANGED UP. They needed to be completely removed and trashed. We re-framed the entire opening and added brand new french doors with pretty hardware.
Don’t worry, we DID NOT go with a baby blue grey paint for the exterior, it’s just primer 🙂 Did I mention that we also re stained and treated the deck a lovely, warm brown color? The existing deck floor was so incredibly beat up and worn. Resurfacing and staining your deck is something that most homeowners can do and should, especially in Colorado where we experience all types of weather. It does get pricey when you hire it out but this is definitely something that you can tackle yourself. Electrical on your own? No. Plumbing on your own? Maybe. Staining your deck? A thousand times YES. There isn’t a lot of technicality to it, just sweat equity. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and put the work in, do it.
The Final Product
We added modern lighting in a black finish. The black finish added a pop of contrast which was needed in this mostly neutral color palette. The electrical box was painted the same color as the siding, making it disappear into the wall. Also, you can see the new step that we added from the doorway to the deck that was much needed for safety (and overall realistic) purposes!
We were able to fit three different seating areas onto the deck, a perfect amount for hosting. If you ever want to spruce up your patio or deck, change out the pillows or switch up your furniture configurations. Remodeling doesn’t always have to mean spending money.
We painted the entire ceiling to match the trim color and get rid of the light diffusing panels. It was an affordable way to lighten and update the space without replacing an entire roof.
I LOVE this door hardware from Home Depot. The scale and design lines make my design heart swoon. They are finished in an oil rubbed bronze, which in my humble opinion is a forever finish. So classic and timeless. These new french doors aren’t so shabby either 🙂
This project presented many challenges that could have been a budget buster. Instead, we worked with what we had, spent the money where we would get the most bang for our buck and came out with an absolutely beautiful end product right in time for summer (and within budget) Here’s to many more days and nights spent on the beck deck!