For this remodel for a single family rental is turned into vacation rental. The entry was made more relaxed and inviting. The grade was too high so the brick pavers were removed and the grade lowered. Crushed stone is added to help with drainage and to create a casual simple look.
Don't underestimate the importance of snow load when building a deck. In this remodel the previous deck collapsed under the snow load. The framing and floor were both inadequate to sustain the weight. The deck was rebuilt using the correct framing for snow loads. For a fun cottage design element we used picket fencing for the railing.