The deck is done! And it is extremely difficult to photograph! So while I figure that out this weekend—I think the solution is morning sun—I will catch you up on the build and some of the choices we made.
First choice? This is not a DIY project. We saved up the cash, drew up a plan, researched contractors via referrals and Angie’s List, got bids and pulled the trigger.
Then a load of lumber arrived in our carport.
Then some very nice workers spent a week at our house building the whole thing.
It was so crazy to come home each day and see the progress they’d made. I could so get used to paying people to do things around my house other than the whole paying people thing.
You’ll have to stay tuned for the full after photos, but let’s chat about some other details.
First, Taylor quasi-begrudgingly refinished the grill table to match the stain of the deck, which is Chestnut semi-transparent oil-based deck stain by Sherwin-Williams.
We designed a custom nook just for the table, so we couldn’t justify putting the table into its nook with the wrong color stain on it.
Then, there was the issue of converting a window in our kitchen to a door that walks straight out onto the deck.
If you ever need door or window work in the Atlanta area, I can’t recommend New Life Windows and Doors highly enough. Todd (the owner) is a true craftsman and extremely detail-oriented. Let’s just say he does not use my measuring system of “39 and a half and 2 lines past the half.” He contracted a mason who sourced bricks to match our 1950s-era house to turn the window frame into a door frame that looks like it is original to the house.
Pretty impressive, right? I did freak out a little when I came home mid-door hanging process to find this scene.
They carefully removed the paneling (along with an electrical outlet) and replaced it once our outdoor electrical work was done.
For finishes, I picked out this door handle set—things you don’t think about picking out until you have to do it. And by “have to do it” I mean running to Home Depot on your lunchbreak because the door guys are at home waiting for the hardware you forgot to pick out.
They had a set that was a little less expensive—the one that the Young House Lovers just used on their new deck door, oddly enough—but I preferred the squared-off lines on the plates of this one. Also this one features the SmartKey system, so you can easily re-key your locks yourself (should the need arise) instead of having to get a locksmith.
Then for lights, I picked out a super cute sconce from Quoizel Lighting. I believe it is called “Ironwood.” I love the jaunty curves at the top and the ring. I originally wanted #5 in this sconce round-up, but upon further inspection, it was plastic and that just didn’t sit well with me.
Then on the corners of the house—the one closest to the carport and the one closest to the grill nook—we put in these flood lights from Progress Lighting. I liked how simple and unfussy they were. We also put them on a dimmer so that we can control the light better for nighttime ambiance. On our patio we had motion-controlled flood lights and you’d be sitting out there, mellowly enjoying your third glass of wine and someone would get up to go the the loo and all of a sudden it was like you just got caught escaping from Alcatraz.
I think that about covers all our decision making. And, don’t forget I got an outdoor sectional and made some pillows for it. As well as revived a plant stand from Goodwill. Here are some Before shots. Wish me luck with the light this weekend and I’ll be back next week with true “Afters.”