Wow. The Before and After photos tell the whole story here. These Dallas, TX, homeowners went from having no place to put their grill to having a luxurious Ipe deck complete with an outdoor kitchen and fire feature. They more than doubled the size of their outdoor living space by adding this deck and outdoor kitchen combination to their existing covered porch.
The first thing we have to take a look at here is the beautiful deck made of Ipe, an exotic Brazilian hardwood pronounced “ee-pay.” Ipe, probably the most beautiful wood used for decks, has warm, rich tones and is known for its durability. This hardwood deck will stand up to heavy traffic, and Ipe will not decay. It is naturally rot and insect resistant. As a result, Ipe is longer-lasting than cedar and requires relatively little maintenance. If the homeowners want their deck to keep its original rich tones, they will need to seal it periodically or treat it with deck oil, but unlike softwoods, it will never require staining. If untreated, an Ipe deck will weather to a rich, silver patina.
Have you noticed the railing along the deck? At first you might think you see thin pickets or balusters, but take another look and you will see reflections in the balusters. That’s right, they are glass. This is the Fortress Pure View Railing, and you don’t have to worry about obstructing the view with this one!
Something else to notice on the deck are the tiny recessed deck lights on the stair risers. Hardly bigger than a thumbprint, these little LED lights provide enough illumination to increase safety on the steps without creating any glare or light pollution.
Our clients love to entertain, and they now have an outdoor kitchen with a Bull grill and a Big Green Egg smoker. For the base of the outdoor kitchen they selected white brick to match the home’s exterior—and doesn’t the white brick remind you of the very popular subway tile? The outdoor kitchen features granite countertops, but the star of the show has to be the 60" fire tray on the bar. Of course, the daytime photo doesn’t do it justice, so you’ll have to use your imagination. This fire feature is stunning at night.
The homeowners are pleased with the amount of space they have added to their outdoor entertaining area. While the original porch is covered, the deck is open to the stars, so they now have an open space when they want it and shade when they need protection from the sun or rain.
Agustin & Amanda Garza