Grill and Chill With Stunning Lake Views That Surround This Outdoor Retreat

Offering a space to grill food and sit and enjoy impressive lake views, the lower deck at DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2017 creates an ideal spot for soaking in the natural beauty of Lake Champlain. 

By: Jeannie Matteucci

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Ultimate Relaxing Zone

This home that enjoys a seamless connection to nature includes a lower deck with custom grilling station and unique seating that invites guests to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Grill Station

The lower deck includes a new black steel charcoal grill with wings and cart removed that was placed inside a gabion span as part of a DIY Network special project.

Custom Design

The gabion span with woven wire mesh and concrete slab holds local Green Mountain Granite that was used to create the two vertical pedestals that flank the black steel charcoal grill. To warm up each side and make meal prep easy, Western Red Cedar was used to create counters on each side of the grill.

Updated Deck

After an old deck was removed, the new lower deck was designed to celebrate authentic waterside living. "We were allowed ten percent of the footprint of the house for the new deck," says project manager Dylan Eastman.

Protected Path

With the local regulations for the lower deck in mind, steps to the grill area were placed under the home's main deck above. This design also offers protection when traveling to the grill during wet weather.

Creative Seating

A Huron canoe that was purchased in Northfield, Vermont was used to create the upcycled canoe bench between two posts underneath the main deck. Western Red Cedar was used to create the slat seating in the canoe.

Enjoy the Lake

Behind the canoe bench are two blue and white kayaks that are kept out of the way and suspended above by a pulley system meant for bikes, with cleats on the wall that make it easy to set them back down.

In the Details

This close-up view shows the nail holes that dot the classic canoe. A polyurethane was used to give the canoe bench protection from the weather.

Fun Armrest

The canoe's original leather webbed seating conveniently fit the right distance between the posts to create an armrest area for resting drinks and snacks.

Only Steps Away

This wide view shows the new staircase that leads from the lower deck down to the water. The stairs were built to connect to the original lake walkway.

Water Views

Pristine water views can be enjoyed from two custom Adirondack chairs that look out to the lake.

Upcycled Chairs

The two custom Adirondack chairs were made using canoe paddles. The paddle part was used to form the back of the seat and armrest, while the hand portion of the paddle forms the leg and top of the seat. The horizontal seat surface was made from Western Red Cedar.

Local Flavor

The lower deck's Western Red Cedar decking run was done in a "V" shaped pattern that represents the V in Vermont.

Finishing Touch

A top cap on the Western Red Cedar railing adds a nice finishing touch on the walkway down to the water.

Take a Stroll

This view looking from the lower deck down the stairs to the walkway and water beckons homeowners and visitors alike to take a stroll to the water. The existing walkway with natural breaks where the stairs change direction was inspected, and anything loose was tightened up when the new staircase was added.

Lovely Landscape

A rock landscape dotted with Olga Mezzit rhododendron, Microbiota decussata, sedum stone crop and other plantings adds to the enjoyment of a leisurely walk down to the water.

Blooming Color

Blooming stone crop adds color to the landscape of this Vermont retreat, located in a lush state full of natural beauty and lively recreation.

Scenic Spot

The walkway and stairs down to the water are dotted with tall native cedar trees that provide shade and gently frame the property.

Ideal Surroundings

Beautiful blue skies and tranquil water surround this updated property, with a total grand prize valued at over $1 million.

Breathtaking Setting

A look at the backside of this Vermont retreat illuminated at night, a well-designed home that offers the ideal spot for enjoying all of the seasonal activities and beauty of the area.