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Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

This deck project is in partnership with Trex and Lowe’s 

Welcome to our backyard and the reveal of our brand new Trex deck! The day has finally arrived. It’s not every day that I get to share such a big project reveal, I’m so excited you’re here for the VIRTUAL DECK REVEAL PARTY (and thanks for offering to bring such delectable sounding snacks and treats, the winners of the Simple Gatherings book giveaway were emailed last night!).

I have a lot to show you, so get ready for lots of photos! Did you see the other posts on how we designed and shopped for the deck and the deck build process? You can go back and catch up anytime! If you’re hoping to have a deck built at your home you’ll find helpful information in those posts, too.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After
Just so you can visualize what it would feel like if you were actually at my house, this is where you would approach the deck if you walked out of the dutch door in our newly remodeled kitchen and headed down to the backyard.

If you’re new here, for point of reference our home is located in the city of Seattle in the beautiful Northwest. Our backyard faces the Puget Sound, so we get to see sunsets and a glimpse of the water as well as the Olympic Mountain range!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I’ll talk about this area more in a bit. But first let’s head down to the backyard!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I can hardly believe what an impact this deck has already had on our life! We absolutely LOVE being in our entire outdoor area now. The deck makes it all feel so inviting and comfortable.

Now to give some context of what the back of our home was like before the deck, let’s take a look back at what the backyard was like when we bought the house three years ago

Who doesn’t like to see a before and after?

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Before

All we had was an ordinary old cracked patio. Bonus in the before shot, the house wasn’t even painted yet so it’s a double before and after!

And now ….

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

After

I couldn’t be happier with how far we’ve come! So much better than it was.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Before

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

After

We love being out here now. Somehow adding the new deck made our whole yard feel bigger, too!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our pups love the deck, too.

They think it is their new personal playground.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

The new deck offers us plenty of useful space for us humans, too, so we were able to create several functional areas with furnishings.

We’ve never had a large enough outdoor dining table, so first on our list was to establish an area for our family to gather to eat. Our two daughters are grown, but they live nearby (and our son is still at home finishing high school this next year), so we know this space will get a lot of use for family gatherings.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

With the large rectangular market umbrella, the table is shaded during the day making it an ideal spot for breakfast and lunch, too. The table comfortably seats our family of six, but this past holiday weekend we pulled up extra chairs for our extended family when they were here for the 4th and there was still plenty of room.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

The deck is really going to be an amazing place to host a large party, but it’s also set up to be comfy when it’s just the two of us.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Because my husband and I love sitting outside after dinner to watch the sunset and during the day to watch the birds, we now have a cozy seating area for two (near the patio heater to keep us warm on cool evenings!).

I really LOVE these new chairs! They not only look amazing but are also really comfortable! By turning them towards the backyard, we get to look out towards the great view. The rug helps define the space and gives a splash of color and fun pattern, too.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

On the other side of the deck, opposite of this area, we put a rounded sectional and area rug to create a larger conversation area. It all fits so nicely with the angled shape of the deck in that corner!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

We still have plenty of room here to pull over more chairs as needed. It’s also a place where we can set our fire fountain, or even set up a table or add lounge chairs. The size and shape of our deck is so versatile, we know it will always be evolving to suit our needs!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Most of the outdoor furnishings featured on the deck can be found through Lowe’s! So not only can you head to Lowe’s to design a Trex deck and make it a reality from concept to build, you can order new outdoor furniture and rugs so you can enjoy your completed deck, too. So convenient! You’ll find the specific source links at the end of the post.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

If you have been following along with this project, you might remember that this low deck was able to be installed over an old concrete patio. You can see how the deck connects to the side yard through the double gate with a new concrete patio and steps we put in a couple of years ago.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I love the railings around the deck! I love how striking they are with our white brick home and how they echo the black and white design of our newly remodeled kitchen, too. Our railings are called Trex Enhance in Charcoal Black.

But I also think they really complement the landscaping and our northwest greenery around the property!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

When we were designing the deck project, our intention was to add complementary railings on this side porch area since both are visually connected. I was thrilled that Trex offered a black railing that we could have installed on the concrete as well as the deck!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

The railings turned out even better than I had hoped, I can’t stop going outside to walk up and down the steps to look at it all. It not only looks great, but it is great to finally have railings.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Now people can walk safely up and down the steps and I don’t have to fear that a dog or human will take a wrong turn and plummet off the porch.

So many little things you appreciate when you’ve waited a very long time for something!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After
And for those of you who are regulars around here, you may have noticed we finally have our completed porch posts, too. Bless. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll soon have the gate we’ve been waiting for, but let’s talk about that another day.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After
We’ve been doing a lot of planting in this area, and it’s fun to see it growing already! We can’t wait until it’s really lush and fills in around our gates and deck, but when we look back where we started with this side porch, we can’t stop smiling at the transformation. You can’t even recognize it!

Take a look:

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Before

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

If you’re planning your own deck project, you may also want to add plants and furnish the space for maximum comfort so everyone will want to be outside as much as possible!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

 

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Once you have the deck built, it’s the little details like seating, tables, rugs and umbrellas for comfort that will make your deck feel and function like another room of your home.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our backyard faces the west, so we have bright afternoon sun. The patio umbrellas placed strategically around the deck keep the sun out of our yes and make the entire deck so much more comfortable on hot afternoons.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Of course, you don’t have furnish your deck or redo your whole backyard all at once if you don’t want to. We have many projects we’d like to do, so we are always saving some improvements for another year. We’ve been working on various parts of our outdoor spaces for nearly three years. Taking baby steps consistently will eventually get you where you want to go.

 

 

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I love when all the magical little lights come on!

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I took a panoramic the other night during a sunset, so you could see more of the deck than I can ordinarily show with my camera.

The new deck has added so much to our life, it really changed how we live. It’s exceeded our expectations in every way!

Now you’ll know where to find me! I’ll be sitting out here every day because it’s become my office, my personal retreat, our family dining area, and so much more.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

I’ll be sharing more details on our deck, including more before and afters of our outdoor spaces and other details all summer. Thanks to Lowe’s and Trex for partnering on this project and to you for following along!

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You can get a little tour of the interior of our home here.

Catch up on some of the previous exterior project posts here.

Sources for many of the furnishings (provided by Lowe’s) are below.

Our New Trex Deck Reveal: Before & After

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Begin planning your own Trex deck and schedule Lowe’s PSE (Project Specialist Exterior) Installation service here!
Decking and railing in this project was provided by Trex
Decking color: Saddle
Railings: Trex Enhance in Charcoal
Installation and furnishings provided by Lowe’s.
Catch up on this project: how we designed and shopped for the deck as well as read more about the deck build process.

 

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak PeekThis deck project is in partnership with Trex and Lowe’s

Our backyard was a big selling point for us in buying our home three years ago, so we were so thrilled to finally be creating an inviting deck where we could gather with friends and family to really enjoy it! If you aren’t familiar with Trex, it’s a beautiful composite decking that (unlike wood) won’t crack, stain, or splinter. It’s also low maintenance, which was a huge deal for me. I prefer to enjoy my home and yard, not be slave to the maintenance of it.

Even as you begin to design the features of a new deck, start to visualize it in your head, and even see the dimensions all drawn out on paper, until you’re actually seeing it in person you may not realize what tremendous difference an improvement like this will make! A new deck becomes like an additional room, so it’s a great way to expand your livable space. It’s an investment that adds value to your home, but it also improves how you live in your home which is always a win for me with any project.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek
We started with an old cracked concrete patio. Not the worst situation in the world, of course, but definitely not the most inspiring. It was ready for a refresh.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

A really cool thing about our project is that we were able to leave the entire existing patio in place. I’m all about simplification in every way possible, so it was wonderful that the deck framing was able to be constructed right over it!

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Since my husband and I are definitely not skilled DIY’ers when it comes to construction, it was wonderful to be able to have a Lowe’s PSE (Project Specialist Exterior) build the deck.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

One of the things I usually dread about home improvement projects is the whole process of looking for quality contractors you can trust to take your vision and make it a reality. Being able to line up a qualified, skilled and experienced contractor for our deck through a Lowe’s was a HUGE plus for us! I highly recommend taking a look at (and benefitting from!) the Lowe’s scheduler service for your projects. It’s definitely worth it.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Our deck was built in the winter (thus the missing leaves on our Japanese Maple tree!). Every day I’d look out to see the progress (and of course dream about when it would be filled with furniture and flowers!).

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Our Trex deck color is called Saddle, which was an in stock option at Lowe’s. There are so many colors you can choose from! Even if you think you have an idea of what color you want before you begin, I still recommend you bring samples home first so you can see how natural surroundings impact your decision.

We found that the wood hue created a cozy, inviting, organic feel that really complemented our natural “Northwest” surroundings, too. When you consider your home’s location in the country, and even style features found in the neighborhood homes, you have the opportunity to bring together elements that will create a harmonious mood.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

We were especially excited about having black railings installed around our deck. While our deck isn’t high off the ground, we wanted to utilize railings to give the space a cozier feeling. I find railings bordering a deck establishes a backdrop that can make furniture placement easier, too.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Trex offers so many styles of railings and color combinations! Our railings are called Trex Enhance in Charcoal Black. I love the classic style. The black of course makes a nice statement and contrast with a white house, yet it allows the natural greenery around the yard to stay in focus.

The added architectural detail as well as the diagonal layout of our railings make the deck design feel so special.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Another detail I absolutely LOVE is the layout of the diagonal deck boards and the border around the perimeter, it makes it feel so custom and unique. I love how a diagonal design element creates a pleasing sense of movement for your eye.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek
Creating that movement and design interest is also the reason why we decided to lay our tile in a diagonal herringbone pattern in our kitchen!

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

As soon as the deck was complete the whole backyard felt like a new place! The railings and deck established such a wonderful outdoor gathering space, but I’ve also noticed that somehow the new deck made the yard feel like an even more inviting destination, too.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

We are setting up the deck right now, so I cannot wait to show you the finished and furnished reveal (Lowe’s has some really great furnishings and decor pieces for your outdoor spaces. If you missed the look we’re going for, you can see our vision board and find sources for some the furniture we’ll have on the deck here).

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Oh, and in case you’re wondering what the dogs think of this change, Jack was quite obsessed with the deck from the first day he could walk on it. If I can get a video of him on the deck, you’ll laugh! He loves taking a running leap off from the deck to the grass. He clearly thinks we designed this as his own personal playground. (Notice Lily way off in the yard, always sitting somewhere outside enjoying the sea breeze in her fur! She’s waiting for the furniture to be set up, she’s all about the comfort.).

Stay tuned for the big reveal, friends! I can’t wait to invite you over for our first virtual gathering on the deck right here on the blog.

Leave me a comment below to tell me what you’re bringing to the (virtual) deck reveal party at my house! I’ll give away a copy of my book Simple Gatherings to five commenters at random, or to whoever is offering to bring the tastiest dishes. ;-)

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Learn how to begin planning your own Trex deck and schedule Lowe’s Installation service here!
Decking and railing in this project was provided by Trex
Installation and furnishings provided by Lowe’s

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