bucket table for the deck. this is a genius idea. you can store all the stuff in the table that you don't want to leave out in case it rains (citronella candles, pillows, etc.), then just grab it out whenever. Perfect for deck or patio!
Steps down from door to main deck and more down to ground level. For a free-standing deck, consider painting the risers a light color, while the decking boards and treads are stained or painted a darker shade.