A Deck and Gates inspired by a Chinese Temple in Etobicoke

Water Stone and Earth — an outdoor living area inspired by a Chinese Temple. Deck, trellis, fence, gates and granite patio with hot tub to welcome this couple’s parents to their renovated home in Etobicoke Ontario.

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A Chinese style deck in Etobicoke Ontario–The design concept

Our clients near Baby Point  (Etobicoke ) requested a Chinese temple inspired outdoor living space.

We came up with a fairly unique combination of Chinese style deck, patio and privacy panels with open trelliswork to the east. The customer’s tight Etobicoke neighbourhood means that homes are right on top of you, so we created privacy using screens.  When we researched Chinese Temples one thing was in common. There were always large doors opening towards another wall that served as defense mechanism. Invaders would be attacked from both sides during their entrance to the temple, thus, making things difficult! Curved roofs atop the screens were also a unique feature that were said to ward off evil spirits, they would slide off the curves.

We designed this deck to keep things more open to the east. The sun rises from a more unobstructed open screen that connects the privacy screens visually.

The Landscaping

We used black granite for the patios. The landscapers placed the tub on the lower patio. We planned for torches, a grass wall in large pots between the deck and patio as well. Much of this, “Landscaping”,  had to be dispensed with to meet a fairly tight budget.  Beneath the patio was 6″ of compacted aggregate, and under the hot tub is a reinforced concrete slab.

I returned a couple of times to see if they had finished stain, but unfortunately each time the yard was less maintained than the last.

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