Having said that, we've finally decided to get our deck going this year and I've been busy looking for inspiration. Given that our backyard gives directly onto a cul-de-sac, one of our main goals is creating a sense of privacy. Last year, I discovered a beautiful outdoor design company called Earth Inc and totally devoured their portfolio... They're brilliant. All of their projects are absolutely gorgeous but my favorite one by far is called "Backyard Oasis". My favorite features are the top level breakfast bar, the use of beautiful knotted cedar and the privacy created by integrating horizontal panels.
As described on the Earth Inc website:
"Client Requests: Modern-day aesthetics, breakfast bar overlooking lower martini lounge, dark stain to conceal garage at the rear, place screens in front of plant material"
"Located in the Annex, this private backyard oasis – featuring three inviting outdoor spaces and a corridor for easy passage to the laneway garage – allows for a variety of family activities. With a lower deck for larger gatherings, a quiet spot for reading and an outdoor breakfast bar with room for three, the design accommodates the needs of the entire family. The simple and durable materials include two types of glass (clear and sand-blasted) and cedar. The bright flash of orange points the way to the garage and back exit. Plantings include six Ivory Silk Lilac trees, ornamental grasses and a bed of Sedum – perfect for a winter garden."