Now that I've finally got the back of the house painted (with the exception of the doors), I'm posting a photo.
Call it what it is...a trailer. And boy, does it look like one back here. A long, low, skinny, metal box. I've been pretty good at ignoring it back here for the better part of two years, but, let's face it...we live in the desert. It gets HOT here. Even with the covered porch on the front of the house, the backyard is cooler in the afternoons/evenings. We want to take advantage of that so...we're building a deck and adding a patio.
To break up all that boxiness, we decided to make the deck and ramada in an arc shape, rather than adding another rectangle to the house.
Mark's sketches: Overhead view
The ramada is actually just eye candy. We don't need it for shade as much as something to make the back of the trailer look more appealing. The deck is essentially a 38' x 10' arc to get us down to a flagstone patio. Due to the unfortunate placement of the septic tank, (pretty much in front of the French doors) 10' is all we can get. The flagstone patio will start on the other side where the table & chairs are in the photo.
Right now I'm wishing CAD programs didn't make my eyes glaze over...a 3D version would be extremely helpful.