The backyard was also in need of almost complete change. Since the new larger footprint of the house the old deck was demolished and replaced with a new addition. We designed a simple landing with steps down to a middle level deck that was low enough not to require a railing giving the space an open feeling that relates to the surrounding landscape. The new lower patio incorporates a pergola for some afternoon shade and a space to lounge under. Stepping stones connect everything together including the existing shed.