This project is a backyard deck with two distinct areas. The following description assumes the viewer is standing in the backyard, looking at the house. I have uploaded pictures, as well as the site survey showing the house and plot.
On the right side of house (directly facing the viewer), is a door leading into the kitchen. The first deck area will be level with this door, and provide enough space for a portable propane grill (visible in the pictures), small food prep area, and table/chairs.
The second deck area will be leading off the french doors to the left of the "grill deck". This will be a social area. It should be two steps down from the "grill deck" and french doors. (the two deck areas should be connected by steps). This deck area should be low enough that a railing is not required, instead a step or two would surround the entire edge of the deck.
In the annotated picture, the annotations note the WIDTH of the deck areas -- we are flexible on the depth and overall shape of the decks.
Weather: we are located in New Jersey, USA. We would like space we can use Spring-Fall. Winters can be snowy.
The design should incorporate optional planters. Built-in storage and seating are also considerations. We are unsure of what the total size of the deck areas should be, and would like suggestions.
The house is an Eastlake Victorian, that has undergone significant remodeling, addition and renovation. Design elements referencing the house's past would be nice. We have included a picture of the front of the house for reference.
The deck would most likely be built in stages, with the "grill deck" being built first, and the "social deck" added some time later. The design should anticipate this, with the understanding that the grill deck may require a section of railing that will be discarded when the second deck is built.
Esthetics is the primary consideration, followed by cost. We would prefer to work with manufactured materials for durability, cost permitting.