An existing deck in a snug NW Portland backyard has one fundamental issue.
"It doesn't invite us to go down to the backyard", said the owners.

Everyone wants to be let down easy don't they?

The solution = Dissolve the existing deck gracefully, keep some of it (now the nosebleed seats) and invite the owners down into their nice little yard, and a new lower deck. Perfect for an evening dinner, and privacy in the neighborhood. A cast in place concrete planter stands as the fulcrum point everything revolves around.

It's simple and elegant.

Check out some of the design and completion images below.

Construction completed summer 2013.

Erik Becker, AIA in Portland, OR on Houzz