Dear friends outside of Chicago recently purchased a lovely old home in Oak Park; they’re gearing up for renovations/additions and want a better way of utilizing their narrow but deep yard in the rear. This elevated door is the usual entrance for both husband and wife, after parking in the garage they use this entry rather than the front door.
That back addition will be renovated to become a proper mud room, and that small cramped landing has to go.
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I wanted to create floating steps generous enough in tread that they can be used for seating, placing container plants, and allow for an easy transition to the door. The landing area is increased as well. The tread width echoes the Four Square’s typical generous eaves above. The area can be further lightened visually by placing pale buff gravel below the deck. More soon!