Friday, July 26, 2013

Deck Unveiling

Before I get to the ACTUAL unveiling, let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

This is what the back of the house looked like when we bought it.

And then we ripped off the little deck (on the left in the above picture) and had lots of holes everywhere.
that's not a window - that's a hole in the basement wall where rotten siding was taken off the house

and new walls put back on

And it stayed like that until all the snow melted (ie, June) and the boys could dig holes in the ground.  BIG HOLES.
see Dustin in the back there?  he's standing WAIST DEEP in a hole

those footings were about 4' tall, and they were nearly 100% buried
And then a big truck came and dropped off a lot of materials.

Then the posts were put in.

And the joists.

Then the deck boards.

And a new railing.

And the siding went back up on the house.

Oh, and see that creeper propane tank in the background in the picture above?  He needed to be relocated, since he was sitting right where the steps were planned to go.

The gas company came and put a new (bigger) tank off in the woods a bit, dug a trench, laid the pipe to carry the propane to the house, and buried the pipe.  We'll put up a little fence to hide/camouflage it, so it doesn't stand out so much.  With this new tank, we should only be filling up once a year or so; we have gas hot water right now, and will be connecting our new grill directly to the house propane at some point so we'll never run out in the middle of a BBQ!  The fireplace in the living room will also be propane.

Back to the deck.  The angled corners were a problem for the railing system.  The brackets that hold the railing to the posts don't work on angles, so we had to wait a couple of weeks for the right pieces to come in.  They were finally installed (along with the steps)!

So, finally.... Before:

and After:

We are so excited for parties and BBQ's - even just to have dinner outside!  Now we just need to buy a table and chairs... and maybe a lounger or two....

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