Thursday, June 14, 2012

Deck the yard

Well, the bedroom isn't put back together good enough for pictures yet, so I've decided its high time to share with you pictures of our new deck!

20' x 20' Deck
I am fortunate to have "my own guy" for house projects, so when it came to doing the new deck, calling him up was a no-brainer.  I probably could have done it for less, but with "my guy" I knew it would get done, get done well and be mostly on time.  And it was, just in time for my graduation/memorial day/deck-warming.

We thought 2 sets of steps would be nice
I'd like to do a patio area in front of morning room

This would be where a patio would go.
The deck is 20' x 20', with hidder hanger fasteners, so there are no exposed screw heads. I took months to pick out a type of deck, and color and after much internet research, price comparisons and anxiety, we chose Timber Tech Earthwood Evolutions in Pacific Rosewood.  This type of deck board is composite on the inside, and coated with PVC on all sides (except the ends). The PVC coating protects the composite from moisture (preventing mold and decomposition) and provides a scratch proof outer layer.  Its kinda like a skittle or M&M!  Hard candy coating on the outside...  There is a similar trex product, but it has a PVC coating only on the upper side of the deck board, which would make the underside susceptible to mold etc.  And, the trex ended up being more expensive.

A close up shot

View from the sliding glass door

Timber Tech Earthwood Evolutions Deck
color: Pacific Rosewood
Standard home-depot stock vinyl railing

The kitties were so excited to finally be able to use the back door
Meow.  Let me out.  Meow. Let me in.
All.  Day.  Long.
Once the deck was done, I realized how much I had missed having a useable outdoor space.  And back-door I could walk out of.  As soon as it was complete, we started hanging out outside way more often.  Morning coffee.  Evening dinner.  Drinking a beer.  Looking a stars....  And, yesterday we finally pulled the grill out of the garage so now we can cook here too!

If you have been holding off on building a deck or patio, i say do it now!  I'm so glad we didn't wait until we were "more settled" or "had enough money".  :)


  1. That deck is huge! What an awesome outdoor space. We are also thinking deck with stairs down to a patio. Now I really want to start on our deck. Love it!

  2. WOW!!! That is a HUGE nice!! you've got me thinking...

    Thanks for sharing your pictures....its really nice and I'm so glad you are enjoying it!!

  3. I love the two sets of stairs idea and the contrast of the white with the darker "wood" looks awesome.

  4. That's a beautiful deck. We don't really have the right sort of house or lot for a deck, but we hope to be able to put in some sort of patio next year.

  5. After we close on our house, send your hubby our way! He did a fantastic job!

  6. Wow, officially impressed there by that deck! Nice work!

  7. Thanks guys. Our deck is NOTHING in comparison to the Ravenna Deck down the street, which wraps around the morning room and is probably TWICE the square footage of mine. I had a little jealousy for a minute, I won't lie, but I still love our "little" deck. :)

  8. I love how the deck is treated well. Kudos to you for choosing a great color! The color accents the white railings and brings a very homey feel to the house. :D

    - Kylee Groves -

  9. Wow! What a great deck! And there’s an umbrella stand too! That would be great on sunny days – you can sit under its shade when you just want to relax and let the time pass by.


  10. I agree with your last statement. Don’t be too hesitant! If you plan to build an outdoor deck, go ahead because it’s indeed a great addition to your home. It’s a beautiful space to gather with your loved ones, and you can do so many things in it. You should push it through especially when you have funds for it. Soon after, you will discover how wonderful it is to have your own deck on your house.

    Barrett Elmore