With a park like backyard, Kris and Vicky Joshi were looking for more entertaining space – including a way to enjoy the shade of their existing maple trees. We suggested a deck to minimize ground disturbance around these trees. Extending a deck off of a new patio area into the shade zone resulted in a cool place to spend a sunny afternoon. A new LED lighting system extends the use of this space well into the night. Eating at the bar with water flowing down the center is another unique feature. A full outdoor kitchen keeps the cooks near their guests as relax in the shade. Pine straw mulch is used to soften the landscape around the patio.