Have to a agree with HankB on the proximity to the house. I appears (maybe just from the shadow) the there may already be some heat damage to the siding?
Either way it is kind of a odd space with the larger deck attached.
Remove the 10x12 deck area, block it up (perimeter) fill with compacted soil to about 10" from the top, add Compacted TB, and do a brick paver finish (herring bone pattern)?
In the event the rest of the existing deck is remodeled, you could lower the new part to closer to pool level and the paver patio would be a accent area and slight step up.
Frame up a "grill/smoker" holding area out of treated lumber and top with Durock and ceramic tile. The whole unit would rest on 1" treated furring strips so not to hold moisture/ice.
I think this may look pretty cool if placed by the ginormous brick chimney with beer holder ledge?
Will keep ideas coming, Thoughts?
42" WFO,In Progress
-Brick vert smoker, Tuscan wood grill, 22" Weber, ECB-sent to the curb! Superfast PINK Thermapen
Offically a ZERO
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