I haven't been posting much about our deck project lately. It's partly because I want my deck to look like one of the ones they'd feature in Better Homes and Gardens magazine before I show it to you but of course right now it looks more like it could be featured in an episode of Junkyard Wars.
First let me explain to some of my new readers (hi, yer pretty) that our backyard used to be very non-functional. There was no door leading out into the fenced in backyard, and no pretty deck to sit on and suntan with a magazine and a pepsi.
Before we tackled the deck, Alex had to install a door which you can read about here.
Once the door was installed, we had to settle on a deck design. Oh let me tell you that that part was not fun. There were just too many options and styles and layouts to choose from.
I knew I wanted two levels so that there would be two distinct spaces, one for dining and one for sitting and lounging. I also liked the idea of having a lower level that was open to the backyard with no railing.
Note: Alex thought the two-level deck idea was ultra-pointless. So feel free to leave a comment saying what a brilliant idea it was. ;)
Last fall, Alex and his fam installed the deck posts (read here), built the frame, and got all the deck boards on the upper deck. This spring, he was able to finish framing the lower level and install the rest of the deck boards.
We're making progress, people, progress!!!!!
This week, we agreed on a simple railing style and have almost finished that phase, too.
So here's where we're at so far:
So, that's where we're at right now. There's still a lot of finishing work to do but it's slowly but surely coming together. Yay!