Hi everyone. I hope you are all enjoying this month of July. I can't believe how fast it is going can you? My sister arrived last Wednesday night and we spent the weekend visiting our brother. We even got in a birthday celebration for three of us who celebrate July birthdays. Of four kids, the 3 youngest were all born in July within a week and within 3 years. (our poor mother!) Sister and I will be running the roads, as they say, so I wanted to share our new deck with you before the summer was gone. I sure hope we get some deck time in the next month! Busy, busy, busy!!!
So....grab an iced tea, or cold lemon water as this is a lengthy post. Our new deck build was a major project this spring and now that it is completed we are enjoying it immensely. There is still a bit of work to be done in the yard (maybe a lot!) like building a new stone path from the deck stairs to the garage but, that's not interfering our enjoyment one bit. Come and sit a spell. We can chat, take a nap, read a book, enjoy breakfast, lunch and supper outside, listen to the birds and enjoy the view.
The old deck. April 2014
And....our new deck.
It took a whole month but it sure is worth it!!
Our son, Mark, and our contractor, Shannon, started to take down our old deck on May 28, 2014.
This deck was built of pressure treated wood and was on poured cement posts in the ground. Living in Canada we endure severe freeze/thaw conditions every winter and spring which cause the deck foundations to heave. This deck shook a lot and was heaved badly. The railings were loose and the decking was done with nails that popped up to be tripped on or to snag a snow shovel on.
This deck was built in the 1990's and replaced the first deck Murray built, but, it was really way too small. There was room for a small round table and 2 chairs, the barbecue and 2 lawn chairs to relax in. Very cramped and not really usable. We couldn't entertain on it as there just wasn't room for more than 6 people. The jog in the deck is where the stairs turned down which took up more floor space. It was time for it to go.
We worked with a local contractor who designs and builds decks etc. He was so good to work with and drew up plans on his computer for us. We were very pleased with his work ethic and craftsmanship. In the above photo our son, Mark, who has his own business of installing screw piles into the ground for foundations for decks, etc., is running his excavator and Shannon is guiding the pile as it goes in. That's our neighbour watching. These piles aren't going to move like the cement ones and they can be adjusted if need be. Mark installed 12 piles under the posts of our new deck.
Here they are levelling the piles. The square cement with the metal sticking up is the base for Murray's old Ham Radio tower which had to come down to make room for the deck. :)
Here we are on June 7. It's starting to take shape. The posts are all 6"square. I wanted to save the hydrangea bush so we trimmed it on the side next to the deck. It's already grown and filled out since this photo and will have to be trimmed again. Maybe we'll move it some day but I like it there. We may skirt the deck base with deck boards some day but will wait to see how it goes this winter. It would make the basement rooms dark if it's skirted.
June 17 ~ the pergola roof, decking and part of the railings are complete. Shannon shaped the knee braces on the pergola top and used a router to shape the pergola cross pieces.
June 30 ~ All done! The pergola had been stained but the uprights and top rails on the rest needed to be done. Murray finished the staining last week. The floor will be done in September. Hopefully we'll get some nice sunny and dry days in a row to do it. We used Cabot Australian Timberwood Oil in natural cedar. The bulasters are powder coated aluminum.
The pergola is set out from the rest of the deck to give it some 'character'. We had talked of putting a pergola on the ground level with stairs going down from the deck but Shannon suggested this idea and we are so glad we went with it. He said we might not use the pergola as much if we had to step down further to it. I think he's right. Plus, it's wheel chair accessible from the kitchen door for when we get older. Ha ha ha. (that's what Murray says) The style of the pergola is post and beam and it's very rugged and sturdy. It definitely will do us out!
This is looking from the pergola to the other part of the deck. The measurement of the main deck is 24 feet long by 14 feet wide, not counting the stairs. The pergola part is 14' x 12'. It's huge!! We can definitely have a party on this now. There is lots of room for a larger dining table and chairs plus seating in the pergola for more than four and room in between the two as well.
And, this is looking the other way. The furniture isn't new or fancy....it'll do though....for now. I'd like to have a rustic wood dining table and chairs out there and two more Adirondack chairs. The green ones are beautiful but need re-staining so I have to figure out a colour for them. I really like vintage furniture and colours, like the old green blue colour but I don't know if stain comes in that colour. The zero gravity chairs are really comfy for snoozing. :) The plastic Adirondack chairs will go out by the fire pit if we can find new ones. Maybe next year.
The pergola gives dappled shade and we always have a nice breeze here so it really is ideal for sitting out there even on a hot day. We've had breakfast out there and sit out on the mild evenings and enjoy the fireflies. We hope to add some LED lighting soon.
The view from the back yard. You can see that the staining is nearly done on the uprights. The base posts still need to be done, probably this weekend. We will be enjoying this deck for a very long time. It's like a second room (a space for me to decorate) and increases our outdoor living space a lot! I even enjoy looking out the windows at it.
Sorry for such a long post but I wanted to include everything from start to finish. I am looking forward to many fine weather days out there in the years to come.
Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful week. I will try to get some visits in soon. I am not even going to link this to any memes as I just don't have the time to keep up with it. Plus, I have had so many spam (advertising) comments the past 3 weeks it's getting beyond ridiculous. I don't want to revert to word verification so if anyone has a solution I'd love to hear it. Thanks.