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Covered under-deck grill and bar area, Trex composite decking, and cable railing in Redmond, WA

Check out this deck balcony we built just outside of Redmond in Union Hills, WA showcasing Maisy Rail custom steel cable railing.

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Covered under-deck grill and bar area, Trex composite decking, and cable railing in Redmond, WA

Check out this drone footage of a under-and-over deck and balcony combo we built just outside of Redmond in Union Hills, WA.

One of our favorite aspects of deck construction is being able to do a lot with very little. Implementing subtle changes that add up to big moves is often the ideal way to modify existing homes while preserving their feel. This combination of Trex composite decking and cable railing in Union Hills near Redmond was a case in point.

For this project, the homeowner wanted to transform their outdoor living space into a more functional, all-weather zone that made better use of the property. In other words, they needed more than a mere deck contractor – They needed an expert to help them redefine the area, even if they didn’t quite know how to go about it!

Here are some of the highlights of how 3 Brothers Decking came to the rescue.

Rising to the Challenge

This project began with a fairly conventional architectural foundation – a brick patio with a stone retaining wall and elevated naturalistic features. The problem was that this wasn’t enough outdoor living space for the occupants. Keeping that in mind, we decided on a plan that would effectively double the useable area without erasing the existing aesthetic.

The mission was to create a covered outdoor space that could do double duty – letting the homeowners enjoy spending time outdoors even in bad weather. To achieve this objective, we used Trex composite decking to build a second level that visually fit the natural-colored surroundings, such as the plant beds and understated wooden plank fencing on the side of the house.

Redmond deck build balcony stairs Maisy Rail cable railing exterior stairway lighting

By choosing stainless steel cable railing instead of something heavier, we were able to minimize loading on the deck to ensure a lifetime of durability and low maintenance. We also kept the upper-level views unobstructed, which was a huge win considering what a shame it would have been to detract from those nice big windows.

This project involved a few important usability designs. For instance, adding low-profile lighting to illuminate the space below the deck was a no-brainer, but we did the same for the stairs. This not only helped us create a safer installation that could withstand Seattle’s rainy season but also made better use of the planter areas.

Redmond deck balcony stairs with integrated low profile lighting

Designing With Harmony in Mind

Choosing Trex composite and a regular layout for the balcony helped this project realize an unopinionated style. Instead of adding features like a second-level bar, which would just add to the sense of clutter, we’ve left it up to the homeowner how to use their versatile, open deck area.

Redmond deck balcony build looking up stairs with cable railing in the woods

We were also careful to respect the original architect’s intent and play off of the design’s existing strengths. Although there’s nothing wrong with doing a complete makeover, we thought it best not to totally cover the lower patio.

Redmond deck balcony build with outdoor furniture see through cable railing in the forest

Leaving about half of the lower zone out in the open meant that we could still provide plenty of space for cooking, serving, eating, and entertaining without forcing the family to ascend the stairs every time they wanted to stretch out in the sun. This choice reduced the cost and lead time of the entire project (which the owner loved) and made the backyard area more flexible. It also let us redirect the drainage downspout into a nearby planter, which left us feeling like the entire thing was meant to be.

Redmond deck build looking down balcony stairs steel cable handrail green hedges

Making the Most of What We’re Working With

To some deck contractors, more is always better. We believe that it’s vital to create add-ons that balance well with the homes they’re attached to.

Redmond deck construction Maisy Rail cable deck railing

Obviously, this is easier with some jobs than others, but this particular project exemplified why having expertise helps:

  • Picking a minimally-intrusive style and modern look let us transform this home’s classic siding, sturdy fencing, and gabled roofing with a bit more modern flair. Even with the addition of modern recessed lighting, the whole thing is so understated that it doesn’t clash with the lantern fixtures on the rear of the home or any of the owner’s outdoor furniture.
  • Building the staircase off to the side let us take advantage of the existing steps on the path linking the front and back yards. You might not have noticed this subtle detail, but the positioning also gives the family a straight-shot path from their second-floor door down to the lower patio, setting up a natural partitioning of the upper space.
Redmond Washington deck balcony Maisy Rail custom steel cable railing finished

We’re confident that this deck will stay a focal point of this Union Hills home for decades to come. Even if a new Washington family moves in or the owner decides to make major cosmetic changes to the house, such as replacing the siding, our work will stand stylish and strong.

Redmond deck balcony build with covered under deck outdoor bar and grill space

Your outdoor living space

Deck improvements can return 100% of the price you pay for your deck.

According to the 2018 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors patios can recover 102% of their building costs on average.  The 2016 version of this report found that the recoup rate was as high as 106%. Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost Vs. Value Report found in 2007 that adding a wooden deck is the most cost-effective home improvement project for a mid-range home.

Redmond forest deck from above furnished balcony with table and chairs layout overhead

Build a Better Deck for Your Washington Home

As we’ve said before, every home and outdoor living space is unique – so your deck builder should be comfortable with thinking outside the box. Find out how we can help you redefine the place you call home in Bellevue, Seattle, Redmond, or your favorite part of Washington — Call 3 Brothers Decking for a free consultation now.

To view more projects using our deck construction services, view our project gallery or our blog feed.

To learn more about our deck services and to book your free consultation, contact us, or give us a call at (425) 505-5282 (Bellevue) or (509) 998-6522 (Spokane).

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When it comes to building a deck, you want 3 Brothers Decking. We proudly serve Western Washington, including the Greater Seattle Area, and Northern Idaho with deck installation that brings safety, strength, and style to your outdoor living space. Our design and build services bring knowledge, experience, and top-notch service to you at a competitive price.

With a 3 Brothers deck, your home's value, function, and style will be significantly improved. We'll be there for you every step of the way: we can help you budget, design, build, and decorate the outdoor space of your dreams!

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Why choose us?

We are proud to offer our customers in Washington, North Idaho, and Bay area the full package. This includes expert craftsmanship, friendly customer service, and quality building materials.

Our experienced team has all of the knowledge and skills needed to ensure your satisfaction in every project we do. With us, you don't have to worry about a thing - from the very beginning of the project planning process all the way through to its completion and beyond.

We take pride in being reliable and organized so that each job is completed on time while meeting all of your highest expectations. There's a good reason that hundreds of homeowners across Washington state choose us for all their decking needs.

Our Services

We specialize in all aspects of deck services such as repair, installation, and maintenance for homeowners across Washington, North Idaho, and the Bay areas. We strive to ensure that your dream project is properly taken care of from start to finish. All projects are guided by qualified professionals who take pride in customer satisfaction.

No matter the size of your project, we will provide you with the best quality craftsmanship available to create a deck that suits your personal tastes and needs.

Our services include:

Deck construction and installation

Our team of decking specialists is some of the best in Washington state, having planned and constructed hundreds of decks. We build decks that are tailored to the specific needs and wants of each individual customer, ensuring that you get exactly what you desire.

Our customers choose us for many reasons. First and foremost, we make sure to use only the highest-quality decking materials and construction techniques. Our goal is to build decks that last and that add value to a home.

We are also extremely passionate about what we do, with a proven track record of success. As a family-owned business, we take great pride in designing and building decks that stand the test of time. Follow our journey by visiting our deck blog.

Deck railing systems

Transform your deck into a stylish and secure outdoor oasis with the perfect railing system. At 3 Brothers Decking, we provide a wide range of tailor-made railing choices for decks, all designed to complement the aesthetic of your home and deck.

We offer a range of railing options, all designed to match the rest of your home and deck. You can opt for cable railing, glass railing, aluminum railing, or natural wood railing.

Each type of railing offers something different, whether you want an unobstructed view with frameless glass railings or a natural look with wooden options. For those seeking a low-maintenance option with great longevity, aluminum may be the option for you.

We understand that each of our customers has different needs, and as such will add an outdoor railing system that will complement the rest of your property.

Deck cover installation

Extending your roof or building an awning over your deck creates a safe covered space in all seasons, especially winter and summer.

We build deck covers, pergolas, awnings, automatic-pergolas, gazebos, and more to keep your deck out of the damp rain and heavy sun.

Home siding installation

If you are looking to improve the exterior of your home, consider using home siding. We have been repairing and constructing siding for many years, becoming the preferred supplier for hundreds of homeowners in the Washington and North Idaho area.

Our expertise spans a wide range of materials, from classic wood to sleek aluminum. Our mission is to provide you with not only the best functional solution but also one that adds to the overall beauty of your home. We'll work with you every step of the way to ensure the materials, colors, finishes, and textures are just right for your unique vision.

Deck lighting installation

Lighting can help bring your deck to life and enhance the mood of your outdoor space. With the right deck lighting, you'll have an impressive space in which to enjoy and entertain day and night.

At 3 Brothers Decking, we offer a variety of deck lighting options. From traditional lighting to modern LED lights, we have the perfect fit for you. Our team is experienced in customizing the right lighting solution that meets your budget and style.

Whether you want subtle illumination or a bold effect, our deck lighting experts will work with you to create a stunning outdoor ambiance.

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