Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The deck

If you wonder where have I disappeared last week... the answer is: in the backyard. Our deck has been due to re-build for a few good years, but springs and falls have been quite cold and rainy... and the summers - well, as some of you know, we are competitive trapshooters, so during the summers our weekends and sometimes weeks at end will find us in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ontario, New York, and Michigan, at various competitions. No proper time for a deck (who would stay at home to build their deck when they can go camping in beautiful Elysburg?!)

Long story short - with the long weekend approaching we thought we'll have enough time to finish it. Funny thing is - we finish it before the long weekend, as on Mother's Day my hubby didn't have to go to work (he works weekends only, lucky him)...

This is our Odyssey in lumber and stain:

The deck on the day when we took it apart (rotten and in really bad shape)

Hubby measuring something (or maybe just pulling the nails off?!) :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things)

The old frame - we decided to pull off only the exterior area, the part next to the stairs goes right under an extension of the house... no need to shake anything that might get us into expensive troubles :)

The old frame :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things)

Although it has been a beautiful addition, the tree-top table had to go, the roots of the old tree were all rotten and the table didn't go on its side because of extra growth, but because the stump started to fall off).

The tree table :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things)

Our mini-techniqus child, using measuring tools - something he enjoys a lot!

William making sure the frame is properly inclined :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things)

Our beautiful son helped like an adult: he carried, he measured, he kept lumber in place, he even cut a few pieces, he screwed them down: you name it, he wanted to be a part of it.

Father and son, working together :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things)

Father and son, working together :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things)

Tadaaaa! We have a new deck!

The new deck - completed (no stain yet) :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things) The new deck - completed (no stain yet) :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things) The new deck - completed (no stain yet) :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things)

And stained!
Stained and beautiful :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things)

Stained and beautiful :: The Deck Odyssey (All Pretty Things)

This was our adventure of about a week (well, really one full day and couple of hours every day for the rest of the week). We love it; I had requests of sleeping on the deck :)

11 comments:

  1. Hello !
    M+am amuzat teribil, cred că aţi avut o zi " splendidă" !
    Ştiu că nu v-a fost uşor, dar , pe de altă parte, uitându-vă în urmă şi văzând rezultatl , sigur aţi fost satisfăcuţi şi v-aţi amuzat şi voi .
    S-o stăpâniţi sănătoşi şi să petreceţi zile frumoase "on the deck" !

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    1. My mom had fun reading the storey (although she's sure it wasn't that much easy work)... and she's wishing us to spend many sunny days on the deck :)
      Thanks, mom - it was fun after we decided to not count our muscles anymore... and amazingly enough we managed to not get any backs hurt (I 'blame' this entirely on the 2 epsom salt and seas salt baths I ran for us Sunday and Monday night)

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  2. Wow!!!! Beautiful! This all done in a week! You guys are super-people!

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    1. LOL - thanks, Kashmira, no super-people, just very determined boys: I would have stopped after the frame was in on Sunday... but they decided the show must go on! so on it went :)

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  3. WOW! Ya'll been busy!!!!! Looks great!

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    1. Hehe, not as busy as you :) Thanks!

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  4. Hello !
    Scuze !!!!!!
    Ca să scriu textul am trecut pe lb. română, unde "z=y" şi " +" devine "=", aşa a apărut acel semn aiurea , chiar de la primul cuvânt.
    Cititorii de lb română sper să mă ierte, cu promisiunea că voi fi foarte , mult mai atentă altă dată !

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  5. gorgeous - and love the stain on the decking .... what a great way to enjoy the summer!

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    1. Thank you - yes, the stain is very neat... what I love the most is how it made the old parts of the deck (stairs and in front of stairs) look like brand new. Hubby's comment was: I believe we need to paint the house now!

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  6. Wow, that's gorgeous, Alicia!!! Ya'll did a fantastic job!!! That stain really brings it alive! =) What a great place to spend some time outdoors!!! =)

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    1. Thanks, Kelli - we like it a lot too! And with this summer forecasted to be scortching - hopefully we'll put it to good use :)

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