What a wonderful opportunity to have a chance to make my dream deck come true. As you can see, I have this 20-square-foot vinyl deck that I call my helipad (waiting for the day a helicopter lands on it.) It's just a big square.
I had plans to have a step off the deck going into the yard and maybe a pergola to bring in some height. I've thought about a retractable canopy or a privacy fence along the one side to enclose from my neighbor, whom I love. And adding stone around the dirt to stop it from splashing up when it rains.
This all came to a halt when my boyfriend (of 35 years) passed away and I lost my job. I'll have a barbecue for the Daily Herald people if I'm the lucky winner!
Design by Lurvey Garden Center
Expert: Jean Bragdon, lurveys.com.
This yard is a blank canvas with a large deck. You need to define spaces and connect the yard with the deck. Once the basics are added, finishing touches will begin to make the space homey. Features can be added and expanded as time and budget permits. This can be a space that makes great memories.
• Add a dining table with chairs and umbrella for instant use.
• Lounge furniture with an outdoor rug under a 10-square-foot gazebo for shade will create a new room/space.
• Add a fire pit of the deck with a decorative, gravel surround.
• Add steps to the yard on two sides of the deck. Add a few flagstone steppers, a few flowers and mulch for a groomed look.
• A small fountain or a large, colorful planter in a corner will create another, quiet space.