WISHLIST, CONSIDERATIONS, AND CONSTRAINTS
SHADE!!! The back of our house is west-facing, so it gets hot afternoon/evening sun, and since our siding and doors are dark colored, the face of the house just radiates heat.🔥So a couple of considerations here: I want some new plantings to grow and start to shade the back of the house, and a pergola to sit outside and enjoy the outdoors–without baking in the sun. Because let’s face it, who likes to sit and sweat in the direct sun?! Not me! Plus, sunburns–no thanks, so… shade, please! This is where we will also have a dining area for outdoor mealtime.
Modern deck. Our house is raised up a half level, so we need a way to step down to ground level, but since we also have a guest suite on the same elevation of the house with a sliding glass door, I wanted to unite them, making it feel like part of the same unit, and not so much like an addition. The siding of the house has already been replaced (in a previous renovation), so whatever we do here has to work with that, both material and color-wise.
Another piece of this is to maintain the modern clean lines of this deck, I want to avoid railings. Yes, there are many cool-looking modern railings we could consider. However, I want to look further and try something else. An obstacle here, though, is those darn building codes–the rules that keep people safe (yeah, yeah, I know. kinda important…), but I’ll work around them, in a safe way, of course!
Firepit + Seating. I would like a firepit to sit and lounge around with friends and family when entertaining or hanging out in the evenings. I am not planning on running a gas line and doing a permanent structure, more of a fire bow-type unit rather than a built-in pit. Which leads us to…
Integrated seating. I’m creating integrated seating, so it’s not a huge pile of furniture; some of it feels like a natural part of the crafted landscape. The seating will also work with planters so that they are integrated and built together.
Landscape & Hardscape. I’m Melissa, and I’m a serial plant killer. We also need plants to soften the perimeter of the yard, though. So the goal is to bring in plants that are low maintenance, bring in color, and (key!) are easy for plant dummies, like me! I want to add large stone steppers spread across the ground level to create a patio space, and top it all off with glowing low-voltage lighting!