All Hands On Deck!

It’s official. House renovations are under way! Excuse me while I shriek and do the dance of joy.

The deck is our first official house project to kick off “The Summer of Renovations” as I have just now decided to call it, and I can tell you this is going to be a multi-post project so it doesn’t end up super long, and so I can blog in real time. So let’s kick this shindig off.

We really need a reliable way to get in the house while we build the addition and porch on the other side of the house and this deck is not cutting it. It looks like should be the dock for the redneck yacht club.

It isn’t flush against the house either, it’s a couple inches away due to the hose spigot.

So I am more than happy to see this thing gone. Sayonara deck. Au Revoir. See you on the flip side when you’re a cedar and mahogany masterpiece or engineering. But before we go there. Let’s take a look at a few more photos.

You know you can’t deny you have a real fugly house when you’re confronted with looking at it in a photo. Believe it or not, it’s easy to ignore the house when you have everything else that’s pretty…but goodness gracious. Yikes.

straight on
Road facing the house

…and just because I can, a further back shot of the step side.

This is like one of those “circle how many things are wrong” photos. Focus on the deck people. Ignore the dogs blue pool for cooling off when it gets wicked hot, the seedlings I started which have taken a ridiculous turn of events-in the “of course that happened” way and the ugliest house soffets ever.

Just really focus on that deck. Do you see the fact it’s “leveled” on the right with a cinder block? Do you see the last step leaning up against the pitch fork on the left? Or that it has no handrail on the right? Or that the deck has a giant wave in it from the fact it’s oh-so-level as mentioned a few sentences previous? There are also soft spots you can’t see. Plus, it’s just ugly.

First order of business was apparently moving the spigot, which I entirely missed—as demonstrated by me coming home tonight to find Andy using it and me yelling across the yard, “bloggable activities!” (which is normally Andy’s way of letting me know something good is about to go down). He then informed me it’s been in place since Sunday. Yep. Here’s me. Here’s me being out of it. But, I’m glad it’s done. So the working spigot is now on the right, and the old one is not useable. I’m not sure what the hole is above but my guess is they put it there and then decided they wanted it lower. Since the siding will be entirely replaced this is an easy repair.

Around the same time this was all going on, Andy and I discussed a few design options. Some he liked and I didn’t, some I liked and he didn’t. Then he came up with this design and we both liked it. There will be a mahogany railing, with cedar posts and balusters – all from wood we have on hand. We decided to leave a space between the top railing and the deck, and make a “panel” baluster system that will tie into the posts and will be attached in the center of each panel to the deck. That’s the best way I can explain it. Andy’s quick drawing on some scrap wood should do the trick better.

Backstory done. Now we get to move into the more fun posts. As I’m writing this the buzz of the table saw is going in the basement as Andy rips the balusters.

Let the games begin.



2 thoughts on “All Hands On Deck!

  1. That deck, and I use the term loosely, has scared the bejezus out of me from day 1. The best thing about that deck is it will make a great bonfire! Marshmallows here I come!!!!

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