Sorry we came across your commission a bit late but found it interesting enough to share our design ideas.
Basic design approach was to maintain existing foot print and still come up with a unique design (budget Friendly). Our design basically
1. Increased the size of deck as requested and introduced a roof. This can be eliminated but makes the façade more interesting.
2. Introduced a series of steps between the garage door, deck and patio with a common Landing.
3. This Series of Steps with its common landing also screens the ACs and meters on the façade as requested
4. The furniture Layout was made flexible enough to allow for various seating arrangements.
In the Event our design is considered a favorable best fit, feel free to request more information,