Great idea for a patio in a backyard with limited shade and space to garden. A covered patio with windowbox container garden as a creative use of backyard space and landscaping idea for vertical space.
Front-yard entry deck - Instead of stairs, a three-level deck steps up to the front door of this raised post-and-pier-house on the island of Oahu. Tropical accessories on the deck and throughout the garden turned this entry into a personal paradise.
Most grade-level decks are actually a step above grade (ground level). This allows the deck to drain easily and resist rot. If you don't have a concrete patio to deck over, a simple foundation of post (Curved Patio Step)