After building the floor deck ideas, our backyard has become the place where we want to hang out. Whether it’s cooking and eating something, playing, or simply chatting, we always have a great time there. The electronics are left inside, which means quality time for the entire family.
The thing is, we have loved this space so much so, that we’re now considering building a larger deck, a second story deck like the ones I’m sharing with you today.
In order to reach the backyard we have to go down throughout the basement, which is kind of annoying, especially when bringing food out. It would be way easier having a deck right outside the kitchen area.
So, I’m getting ideas and trying to get a head start on this project. There are so many things to put into consideration! And no, I’m not Dinging this. It’s way to big of a project for me.
This Small Deck from BHG is probably what I need in my backyard. It’s on the smaller side, our house is longer and almost completely flat.
Should I keep the staircase straight.
Or maybe placing it across the front like in this deck from DW Elite Decks. I like the pergola here, something I like to have on my deck.
Here again, another way to address the staircase by Long Island Decking.
Well, here’s another way! Right in the center and then to the side, from Maryland Deck Builders.
Right now I’m not planning anything for under the deck. But, in the future I would love to have a space like this from Decorating by Lisa. And hey, another way to set the staircase.
The deck platform also needs consideration. It can be round, square, straight, etc. This picture below that, by the way I couldn’t find its source (let me know if you find out), has a pergola right in the middle, I think is kind of neat.
The posts and ledger on this deck by Decks with Style got my attention. I like the arches.
This small outdoor area from RuggedThug is so cozy! Love the deck/pergola design and the hot tub. So cool!
This next picture from Deck r Us is more or less what I want to see when I get out of the kitchen and onto my deck. A pergola with a simple deck design + a staircase to the backyard.
Now, if you want to DIY your second story deck, you gotta go see How to build a freestanding deck from One Project Closer. They have tons of details, and videos on how to do it.
Lastly, here is this deck that I also love and that’s located right here in the same neighborhood I live.
Do you have a second story deck? Any recommendations on what to add, what not to? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!