I thought I'd catch you up on Phil's Summer 2016 project:
The $437,000 Deck
Maybe something like this:
Unfortunately, we STILL need to build something like that. Otherwise, you'll break your legs (and possibly your neck) taking that first step from the kitchen door onto the patio. Welcome to the door to nowhere.
I'm sure there's a reason I have matching, naked chairs on either side of the door. I just can't figure out what that reason might be.
But we're here for big decks!
Do you remember our phallic-shaped patio? I swear to you, we did not do that on purpose. Our plan is to have our deck on the other side of the patio, right under that sliding-glass door.
Phil has never built a deck, but that neither worried me nor stopped him. He did a bunch of online research, and then he did something so wild, so crazy, you won't even believe it!
He bought a book. A real, physical, page-turning book!
He bought so much concrete, I thought he was planning on burying someone under the deck. I steered clear of him for a while, in case that person was me.
But then he started digging all these little holes, and I felt quite comfortable he couldn't fit me into those holes unless he chopped me up into tiny little bits first.
I have no idea why that made me feel better.
The holes are now all filled with concrete, and I'm still here to tell the tale! Whew!
See that board below the slider? That's called a ledger board. We attached that before we ever had siding installed, because we knew we were going to build a deck here. I'm fairly certain the guys who built our old house pretty much just nailed the deck on through the siding into the house. Classy.
And all that black tape? That's joist tape/flashing to keep the wood from rotting and falling off the house. Kinda like deck-gangrene prevention. Yummy.
That sliding-glass door goes to our bedroom, so you might see some flashing going on in there, too.
I know you've been wondering about Eddie. He's either supervising or trying to smell his butt. I'm going with the latter.
The second set of joists going down:
And the set of joists that will frame out the stairs:
Look mom! Two hands!
Next, he added the posts for the railing. I don't know about you, but it's wearing me out watching him work so hard.
He cut and built his own stair stringers!
Just in time for the decking materials to be delivered.
Did you see our shed in the background? That was his Summer 2015 project. The deck ended up being the exact same size as the shed. We didn't plan that, either.
This is where I'll leave you today. Because I'm leaving. Not the planet, just the laptop.
Have you ever built a deck? Do you love it??
Have a wonderful weekend, and stay tuned!