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Planning a Deck

May 21, 2012
by thenestinggame

Ever since we moved into this house, Taylor and I have been talking about how great a deck would be. So over these past couple years we’ve been saving our pennies and we’re getting closer to making it a reality.

It’s a real plan! On graph paper! That’s how you know we’re serious.

Because it’s a second story deck (among other reasons), this is one project we will not be DIY-ing. We’ve had three contractors out to the house. One from a personal recommendation and two that were highly rated on Angie’s List. (The personal recommendation was highly rated on Angie’s List too, btw.) We are still waiting on a bid from the final contractor, and then we’ll make a decision and get going, hopefully.

Our house is built on a hill and our main floor is essentially on a second story. We currently have a patio that comes off of our basement and is a short flight of wonky stairs down from our kitchen door/carport. It’s fine for the two of us, but not ideal. The concrete stairs are badly sloping and there’s no handrail. The patio is cracked in several places and also sloping.

And it sucks for entertaining. Fact.

So, to get the party started, Taylor decided to do a little reverse landscaping and rip out the bushes where the eventual stairs will go. I didn’t get a true “before,” but you can see what we’re dealing with in the photo below. Please note the angle of the stairs. I mean, I’m surprised only 1 person has tumbled down them. (Andy Corbett for the win!)

Unfortunately, most of the foliage on the must-go list is forsythia, which I really like, but it was too leggy and weedy to really transplant anywhere.

God bless Taylor. He worked his butt off all day. I am not just not that into yard work and he lets me get away with it.

By the end of the afternoon, we were looking at this.

Yeah that’s a lot of dirt. It will look much nicer with a staircase on top of it.

And here’s the view of the back of the house.

So the stairs will dump you out in front of that bush to the left. The window above the floodlights will become a door. The grill table will go in front of the left side of the chimney.

(We won’t talk about the fact that the patio furniture I want costs half as much as the deck itself…)

Who’s excited?!?


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  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    May 21, 2012 11:13 am

    I’m excited! Can’t wait to sit on the deck among the trees and your beautiful natural back yard!

    Lowe’s freebie summer “Creative Ideas” magazine has some deck ideas. Am on their mailing list, but am sure you can pick up one at their store.

  2. May 21, 2012 10:39 pm

    Can I just be jealous? We’ve got a deck off our second (main living) level, but it has no stairs to the yard below. The only thing on our list for it this summer is to paint it. :-(

    Your plans sound great–looking forward to seeing it come together.

  3. melissa permalink
    June 7, 2012 10:13 pm

    I can’t wait to see it!!

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