From Disrepair to Backyard Wedding Dreams: Layton Deck Remodel and Patio Addition Becomes the Perfect Setting for Summer Nuptials

Steeply sloping backyards are a common scenario, and a worthy price to pay for the views, in Layton, Utah. This ranch style home benefits not only with the views but with a convenient walk-out basement on their hillside home. Homes with walk-out basements provide a perfect set up for creating an upper-level deck with a lower level deck or patio – creating two separate outdoor living spaces to fit the needs of the entire family. This Layton home takes full advantage of that opportunity by connecting the two spaces with two sets of stairs and a slide for the kids (and kids at heart).

The upper-level deck with a covered porch is situated outside the main living area for a convenient space to dine and entertain. The lower-level patio and deck maximize the flat square footage outside of the walkout basement before the yard slopes downward. The existing wood decking boards were deteriorating due to age, making it time for the homeowners to upgrade to a low-maintenance longer-lasting deck with redecking upstairs, and a deck replacement, patio addition, and fire pit addition downstairs. The crucial requirements were to keep the slide, upgrade to low-maintenance decking, and get it all done in time for the July backyard wedding.

Redecking with TimberTech Composite Decking

Did you know that you don’t have to replace every part of your deck if the decking boards begin to deteriorate? With a thorough deck inspection, if your deck’s substructure is found to be in great shape (which many times is the case), you can upgrade to composite decking and keep your wood framing underneath. This is a cost-effective way to upgrade your deck for safety, low-maintenance convenience, and improved aesthetics. Redecking was the perfect choice for the upper-level deck at this Layton home. We kept the same footprint, upgraded the decking to TimberTech Terrain in Brown Oak and upgraded the railing to a Transform railing in Wheat with black aluminum infill. The family now has a beautiful, safe, and low-maintenance deck. Best of all, they were able to keep their amazing slide for quick access to the lower-level patio.

Lower-Level Deck Overhaul

The lower-level outdoor living area at this Layton home previously featured a mish mash of three different deck levels. The entire space was aging and becoming unsafe, especially considering part of it was built on the hillside. To make a more streamlined and modern space, we replaced the previous decking with part TimberTech Terrain Brown Oak decking in a diagonal pattern and part Belgard Cambridge Cobblestone paver patio in Potomac. With a pre-existing concrete patio, we were able to use the flat area to design a gorgeous paver patio, transitioning the space between decking and concrete.

The paver patio also provides a perfect position for the new Belgard Country Fire Pit. The fire pit features gorgeous stone work, modern lava rock and we even ran a gas line from the meter to the fire pit. With the flip of a switch, this Layton family can enjoy quality time together around the fire.

Every detail was addressed in this Layton backyard renovation including the two Belgard paver steps leading up to the walk-out basement door, the two sets of stairs to make access to the yard from the upper-level convenient, and the inclusion of the beloved yellow slide in the design. At Archadeck of Salt Lake, we love creating custom backyards to fit the specific needs and wants of families all around the Greater Salt Lake area. If you need a backyard space, have one that needs to be overhauled, or have a specific request that requires custom outdoor building, call us today to schedule a design consultation. 801.683.2355

PS. The project was completed on time for the couple’s backyard wedding. We can’t wait to see the photos!

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