This deck and landscape design project was completed in Cherry Hill, NJ. This post will walk you through many of the design and build decisions that were made throughout the process to produce the beautiful finished product!
This project started out with a very old beat up and uneven brick patio that rendered most of the backyard useless. The patio was so uneven it had become a hazard for their toddler to play on safely.
Upon meeting with the client and discussing their wants and needs, we came up with this tiered decked and patio layout. The deck area was fairly large so we decided to break it up into two separate living spaces, separated by one step. The step not only helps to define the two spaces, it also adds a great visual element to the design. The proposal was separated into two prices; one for the deck and landscaping surrounding it, and one for the patio area. The clients decided to tackle the deck portion of the design this year and add the patio next year so they could at least reclaim most of their backyard!
Framing a deck this low to the ground presents some interesting issues. One of them being less ventilation for the lumber to dry out. For this reason we use all pressure treated lumber that is rated for ground contact. This adds cost to the material order, but it is well worth it for the longevity of the deck!
Stacked stone walls like this have become a staple on most of our projects. They add an amazing character and charm to the projects and each wall has its own unique look due to the natural variation in the stone!
On all of our deck boards we use hidden fasteners to keep the deck surface nice and smooth. We also always do a "picture frame" border around the edge to finish it off and usually do that with an accenting color to add a really cool effect! You can also see one of the LED lights we installed on this deck. We always include LED lighting on all of our steps. It not only makes the steps much safer, it also adds a really cool effect to the deck at night!
The walls get finished off with a layer of mortar to keep the stones on top in place. The walls help the deck look like it in anchored into the yard and not just floating there like you see on many decks.
I'm so happy with the way this project turned out! The clean, sleek look of the deck is softened up by the round walls. Let me know what you think of this project and check out the video below to see the whole process from start to finish!
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This project was completed in Cherry Hill, NJ, but we also service most of Burlington and Camden Counties. Towns that we frequently work in include Moorestown, Cinnaminson, Medford, Marlton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Mt Laurel, among many other surrounding areas.