A smart multilevel addition introduced style and function to this once-small builder deck. Now, it's a spacious oasis designed for reading, relaxing, and enjoying lush outdoor views.
The new stepped-down structure shelters a concrete patio and additional seating areas for the homeowners' active, growing family. Hardwood trees buffer the backyard, creating privacy and a lush view from the deck.
The south-facing deck calls for shade to keep it cool during hot summer months. A heavy-duty fabric sail shades part of the deck from summer sun without obstructing views. Winches on the posts allow the canopy to be cranked taut so rain slides off, rather than pools.
The two-tiered design welcomes backyard views and casual gatherings. A teak top dining table with a metal base stays true to the deck's clean, modern design, while seasonal greens and contemporary pottery create an inviting tablescape.
The lower deck sits close to the ground to strengthen the connection between the backyard and outdoor dining room. A stucco wall in the eating area creates a sense of enclosure for people seated at the table and screens neighboring views. A beverage cart stocked with small trays and bins makes entertaining a breeze.
Contrasting materials such as deep-stained mahogany and bronze-painted metal bring textural interest to the deck. Mahogany steps carry visitors from the outdoor dining area to a covered, outdoor living room. Railings around the porch are custom-built, with cables set into steel frames with mahogany tops for an edgy, industrial look.
A covered outdoor living room feels like an extension of the house thanks to cushioned outdoor furniture and a contemporary outdoor fireplace. Skylights over the fireplace keep the area bright and filled with natural light.
A simple stairway leads to the primary hub of outdoor living, a raised area that contains an alfresco kitchen, dining area, and living room. For continuity, the ipe wood used in the walls was repeated in the decking. This tropical hardwood will last 40-50 years untreated, turning gray with time to blend with the neutral tones of the stainless steel, slate, and stone used throughout the rooftop deck.
A tall table with barstool-height chairs presents a compact place to dine with family and friends. Stainless steel and granite rule the space-savvy galley kitchen, and windscreens of tempered glass are anchored with stainless steel to avoid corrosion from the salt carried on the wind.