Deck the House

… with lots of deck space. Falalalalaaalalalalaa.

See what I did there?

Anyway, you probably figured out what’s happened at our house…

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Concrete stairs!

Not what you were thinking? Okay, well this is definitely not where this post is focused but we did get our stairs finally finished and they also added a sidewalk out front. All of this progress has been both cool and frustrating. It’s cool because we get to see how things come together and the process behind everything. It’s also frustrating because people kind of live on their own timeline here. All of the unfinished pieces were supposed to be done by May 1st. Whelp it’s May 5th and we still have a wonky yard, left-overs from various projects all over the place, the AC is still missing and the list kind of goes on and on. BUT we’re hopeful that everything will be done in the next week. Crossing our fingers!

So let’s talk about the fun new view of the back of the house. Here’s what it looked like before:

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And here’s what it looks like now!

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Ahhh. A deck!

We negotiated a bigger deck than the standard 10×10 into the purchase of the home and I’m so so so glad we did! Originally we had wanted to do a 10×15, but when we did the measuring etc. we realized we’d have to build a deck over the downstairs office window, blocking all of the light we were getting downstairs. To compromise, the builders built it with the same square footage, but didn’t build over the windows.

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Right now we’re planning to build a small seating area at the bottom of the stairs, with raised garden beds along the edge. I’m sure plans will evolve as we go along though so it’ll be fun to see what actually gets done.

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Remember the wind? This is where our chairs live right now because otherwise they get blown around on the deck. It’s kind of ridiculous. We also are too afraid to leave the umbrella on the table for fear a gust will blow it away. We’ll have to figure out a solution for that.

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See my cute little “greenhouse”? Yeah, it’s awesome. The black pot will house our little deck salad garden. The girls love growing, and picking cherry tomatoes so we’ll plant that plus lettuce all around the edge and voila! A salad garden right on the deck!

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It’s also pretty awesome for Barbie dance parties and little girls to have tea and taco parties. We’re not sure if/when we’ll stain the deck but for now, we’re just enjoying the extra play and relax space we have.

And maybe we’ll find a way to use the “leftovers” that got forgotten…

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Anybody need a hodge-podge of lumber pieces?

Actually… I probably do… let’s be honest.

 

 

 

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