I am looking for a backyard low platform deck for a new home (2 years old). I would like the space to be modern and open and still family / kid friendly (small baby at home). I would like to use integrated planters, space for a firepit, space for a bbq grill, space for dining and lounging. I like the idea of multi-level spaces and would like to go wide along the length of the house as opposed to too deep into the yard (within reason). I am also looking for a portion to have some sort of shade or covering (trees or structure).
There is a bay sliding door exiting the kitchen going into the back yard that I would like to switch to french doors (open out). There are currently about 8-9 steps down into the yard that need to be accounted for. I would like the deck lower to the ground to have more privacy (there is a basketball court and road on the other side of the fence.
The back of the house has cream color siding and the front of the house is a light beige stucco with similar color stone work. My backyard is currently completely bare - there are no plants at all (new construction) - only a white PVC privacy fence. Land is flat and simple. I have no shade also in the backyard and need it factored into the design as the sun sets directly on this space. Landscaping needs to be added to the back, but not excessive, as I will need space for a storage shed, vegetable garden and maybe a swing set in the future.
Full width of the house is 50 feet. Average proposed builder deck was 10x18 feet. There are two basement windows to consider, a location on the side of the house where water extends from the sump pump and location for water hose. There is currently only 1 small light on the back door - additional lighting is needed.
I am looking for long lasting deck material. Goal of looking into the deck (over patio) is to keep costs lower while still maintaining high end design. Railings optional.
Not interested in water features.
Affordability of Design
Timeless, Clean Lines, Open feeling while still being safe and practical
Nice use of shaded area
Usable space lower to the ground to ensure privacy
Not your typical deck