When life gives you lemons, build your Kernersville deck around it…

unique feature Kernsersville deck lrYou would never believe it to look at this lovely Kernersville deck, but it was the second choice. We had plans designed and ready for a different deck, but discovered when we started the permitting process that the location was over a septic field. We like to think of these little setbacks as offering possibilities rather than problems so we took another look at the yard. The aspect of the yard our eyes were always drawn to was an ancient shade tree.

The house is in Pine Knolls, which is an older neighborhood, but I believe this tree even predates the house. Its spreading canopy provides wonderful protection from the harsh rays of the summer sun. Why not build the deck around the tree? You wouldn’t even need to buy an sun umbrella before inviting friends over for lunch. By building the deck around the tree, we were able to highlight the yard’s best, most distinctive feature and improve it.

The deck is constructed with pressure-treated pine, a choice that blends well with the back of the existing ranch home and with the tree itself. We wanted the deck to be elevated so that it would be easy to access from the existing sunroom. That left lots of space underneath. We put square lattice under the deck which matched the existing lattice under the sunroom. The result looks terrific and can provide some extra storage space below.

Despite the changes that we had to make to the original design, we were still able to incorporate key elements that we saw as important to making the deck useful and beautiful. There are two sets of stairs so that there is access to both the main part of the yard and the paved area where the customers do their grilling. There is still plenty of room for eating and moving about.

Looking at the completed deck, I can see the places where window boxes full of flowers or landscaping could go. I can imagine lazy summer days enjoying icy lemonade under the tree. I’m glad we were not able to use our first plan because it pushed us to create a space that is not just custom, it’s a unique Piedmont Triad deck.

John Mallard, owner of Archadeck of the Piedmont TriadBuilding season has already started in the Winston Salem area. Start your outdoor living project now so that it will be in place for summer. If you are interested in learning about how our quality built structures can turn your house into a home, contact Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad. Call us today for a free consultation (336) 664 – 1332, piedmonttriad@archadeck.net.

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