posted about the deck itself a while back, but I thought you might like to see the continuation of the project - and how the space is being used.
When I'm working on a design, I'm always interested in how the space will be used. Now, I never worked as a residential architect, HOWEVER, in residential architecture I would ask questions like, how much time do you spend indoors and outdoors? Do you take your shoes off when you come inside? Do you watch television? Do you like to be near the kitchen when you watch TV? Really? Do you like to be able to see the refrigerator?
(Oops, sorry, minor tangent here: I have a personal test that I call the View of the Refrigerator from the Sofa test. Basically, one should never be able to see the refrigerator from one's sofa. Need I say more? A surprising number of new construction houses fail this test. A View of the Refrigerator from the Sofa must be something that lots of people like: because these builders do their research! As for me, don't worry, I'm not planning on becoming a residential architect or interior designer anytime soon. That's why I have no qualms about suggesting that you cover your refrigerator in children's artwork if your house fails this test.)
|View from the kitchen sink.|
|The sandbox is still in progress - from both our perspective and the piccolini's - there's no bench (yet) on the sides.|
|Before the carpet and after. The design idea concept of integrating indoor outdoor was a lot clearer before the carpet went down.|
|Nowadays, falling off the deck means falling into the bamboo.|
|View from the second floor.|
We've done a lot of middle-size outdoor projects ourselves on the weekends: like building more planters around the deck, adding some landscape/rock filled steps, filling the planters with dirt and rock, planting the bamboo, building a sandbox, and building raised vegetable beds.
|The original plan didn't include these steps, but when we decided to keep the fence, we added them. I actually like the contrasting landscaped look; but it still needs some rock-friendly plants, or something.|
|A modified raised bed planter from Sunset Magazine. We used leftover redwood from the deck, made it taller, added a "bench" for ease of tending, and cut the pieces a little differently. Yeah, actually, it's almost nothing like the original.|
|Now (I think we'll plant some more trees. Next year.)|
|Now - with vegetables and strawberries!|
|Before. Hot and sunny and dusty.|
|Still pretty hot and sunny, but not so dusty. We'll have to address shade in the near future.|