This low-maintenance AZEK deck in Lee’s Summit MO is part of a combination space that includes a covered porch. The entire outdoor living space is elevated to the second story since there is a steep grade drop off in the back. While these homeowners could have had their space connected to their walkout basement, they would have used it much less. If traffic to the deck and porch always has to go through a flight of stairs and through the house to access the space, they just won’t use it as frequently. In addition, it’s important to have your outdoor eating area in close proximity to your kitchen to easily transport food and beverages from indoors to outdoors.