Instead of a concrete slab, do this low deck with railings and a gate for P's safety in case he were to ever leave the house without anyone knowing. He'd still be gated as soon as he left the door.
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Love this deck! The trellis would look great covered in a flowering ivy
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Decking for back patio over concrete slab. Low off ground, shorter fence (if any?)
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I would love to do a deck like this but instead of planters (because of the deer) do benches for extra seating