Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Deck Reveal.

Well, it's finished. We started in the spring with a blank canvas and have transformed our backyard into a perfect little oasis.

 Let's look back at where we started. 
A small little deck off the back door was all we had. It quickly came down.

Then after days of removing sod, shoveling gravel, lots of wood, the deck was starting to take shape.

Stephane really worked hard to get the building done and I did as much to help as possible, including the staining at the end and the landscaping. We used two colors of stain, one for the deck and one for the deck walls. I really like the contrast.

Here is our finished product. 

My favorite parts are:

The tree lights in the evening.

The deck walls with the mirror.

 The "catwalk" stairs to the lower deck.

I'll be back later with some more details for you about the build. 
Hope you like it! We certainly are enjoying it.


  1. Oh seriously! I love the wall! Well all of it really, but that wall is just amazing! The lights are a perfect touch!

  2. It's amazing, Jane! You guys did a great job.

  3. Absolutely beautiful! Love the mirror and the furniture. Great job.

  4. Beautiful Jane!
    I hope you don't mind me asking...where did you source out those big bulb stings of lights? My friend is on the hunt for this style of light for her backyard...I'd love to know where you find them ;)

  5. That turned out fabulous! Very zen. I can almost hear the soft breeze blowing through. Great work!!

  6. Looks great! My husband is in the middle of re-doing our yard right now to and seeing yours makes me even more anxious for mine to be done!

  7. Love it! This backyard is definitely one of my fave. I agree with Jen, very Zen feel! Great work!

  8. Love! The stain really finished it off. Looks great!

  9. I am loving the final look! Everything about it, you are just so talented when it comes to interior (exterior) design!

  10. WOW! that is gorgeous! i love how even though the deck is in the middle of the backyard, you've made it look like part of the house. can't wait to hear about the construction!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous, Jane. I too love the different stains & the peaceful feeling of the whole yard.

    I especially love that you designed it so there was no need for railings.

  12. Love it! Especially the two tones of stain. Did something similar for the one wall on our deck, but it came about purely accidentally as I am very lazy but I told my hubby leaving the back boards the original color was a design trick not just flaking off to have more time to lay in the sun.

  13. This is absollutely stunning. What a transformation. It's like something out of a magazine.

  14. Congratulations Jane, it's absolutely incredible! I love the stains you chose and the landscaping is beautiful already, not to mention once it grows in. Quite the backyard oasis!

  15. You did a beautiful job! I love the mirror--always love to see "indoor" things outside and visa versa. Enjoy your oasis!

  16. What a fantastic job! I love it, and can only imagine how much you are enjoying it. The mirror is a great addition :-)

  17. That is a beautiful oasis. Well done indeed. But...I would have to have a hand rail of some kind or there would be margaritas all over the place.

    1. There is one coming on the top! A narrow planter that will act as a plant! Thanks for your comment!

  18. As I saw all your pictures, the presence of greenery in all your pictures,I appreciate you for this & "the tree lights in the evening" is great concept & I think this will going to give great experience while sitting there.

  19. Super gorgeous! It’s really nice that you built the deck around the tree – it acts as a natural shade! The catwalk stairs is a nice touch, too; it really separates the deck from the rest of the house. I would love to have a nice party there!

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  23. Nice. I bet this looks romantically wonderful in the evening – perfect for nightcaps and special dinners. I’m just worried that it doesn’t have a roof or a way to lash tarps in for cover. I know that might ruin the by-the-tree arrangement, but what about rainy days? I’m concerned about the woods that might rot prematurely because of the rain water. Dennis @ Schafer Construction, Inc.


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