Outside entertaining can be a challenge in the Midwest. You want to be outside, but it is too hot, too sunny or too buggy. The number of days that a deck is pleasant are fewer than we would like. When they do occur, they are treasured.
A good solution for this problem is the addition of a roof to a deck. It provides, shade and protection from the rain. Screens can also be added to keep the mosquitoes away and allow you to gain a bit more space when guests are over.
Our clients were not able to use their deck in the late afternoon and evening due to its location on the west side of their home. It was too hot and too sunny to be out there after work. This was a problem because that was when they wanted to use the space.
I designed a roof for the existing deck that would provide shade and shelter from the rain while enjoying the outdoors. An added benefit was the shading of the adjacent office windows to keep the office cool in the afternoon.
The stone columns were already there and after the structural engineer verified that they were adequate to support the increased load, the wood columns and roof structure were added. (This is not always a possibility. Always verify with an engineer that your footings are big enough to support the added weight of a roof.)
Of course if its raining, you still need to be able to grill without getting wet. The grill is built-in and has a metal cabinet for storage below and an exhaust hood for the smoke.
We also added stairs down to the yard. Now you can go right out the back door from the main level, down to the backyard. As a parent, I appreciate this convenience.
The structural part of the deck remained and was repaired so the new decking would lay flat. It was a bit of a roller coaster before.
A cedar ceiling gives the space a warm feel. The fans keep it cool. Water was piped up to a spigot next to the grill to make watering plants on the deck easier.
The benefit of adding a roof to their deck is our clients can spend more of their evenings outside and entertain during a variety of weather conditions.
Are you eating out on your deck tonight?