Soliciting Deck Ideas
I need some advice regarding a new deck. We just moved into a new home and found out that our builder is building a small 9x9 deck for us. This deck is under construction as I write this. I would like to increase the size of this deck and would like to solicit some advice. I have included a picture of the house with half built deck and some creative markings of my ideas.
What I was thinking was to expand the deck directly outwards away from the home going towards the back property line. This will give the kids some area to play. The expansion would be on another level and maybe step or two below the builderÂs deck. The size of the new deck (excluding the builders 9x9) would be 9x17. I was thinking that there would be no railings between the builderÂs deck and the new deck, just wide steps (length of the deck). The lower deck would then open up to the backyard (from one side only and there would be wide (length of the deck) step or two.
I was thinking that maybe we should have two benches 4 and 6 feet each on each side of the 9x17 railings. Also, 3 planter box on the side of the deck which opens up to the backyard, one on each corner and one in the middle. At some point, I would add trees on the property line to create some privacy from side and back neighbors
Since I have never had a deck or a patio for that matter, I was hoping someone can give come constructive criticism of this plan.
Also wondering if someone can give an idea of cost of something like this?
Thank you for your help.