May 21, 2009

Decked Out

This summer marks 10 years in our house. When we bought it all those years ago I sold it to hubbo as my "house with possibilities". We are only the second owners and the original owners had no imagination at all so the house was mostly unchanged from it's original 1965 condition back then.

One sore spot was the backyard which sloped wickedly away from the house. The lawn back there is rutted and you can easily twist your ankle stepping in a hole. BAD, bad, bad. But I told hubbo that it didn't bother me at all because I had the perfect solution - a deck. It would eliminate a bit of mowing for him and turn the yard into a lovely oasis of suburban living.

Fast forward 10 years and this is what my yard still looked like.
Backyard before

Until about a month ago when they finally broke ground on our long-awaited deck. Every day for a week we ran home to see the progress. The nasty slope of the yard threw one last curve our way when they were building the stairs because there was no level spot for a landing but our contractor came up with a great solution. A landing with a railing and steps off to the sides. Talk about lemonade from lemons - it's a cool design feature now.

Backyard during

Here is the finished deck complete with trellis. The contractor said my trellis would be great for hanging plants and it may, but I don't 'cha think it would be a great place to hang drying yarn?

Note the new windows - Yay! The sliders leading to the deck are new too. For a few weeks we had a deck with no access from the house. What a tease!

Backyard after

It took a long time to finally get our deck but it's so worth it. Look at the lovely, leafy, view. When I'm on the deck I feel like I'm in a tree house. It's so much better than I ever imagined.


Naturally we'll have to break it in right with a party but not this weekend because it's full to the gills with a certain Stinky girl's activities including a belated birthday party. Soon though.

Perhaps we'll enjoy some Lemon Chicken on the deck this weekend.


Carole Knits said...

It's beautiful and I love it! So do you have sliding doors off the living room now?

margene said...

What a great way to welcome the summer season! The deck looks fabulous. Mazel Tov!

Cursing Mama said...

Looks wonderful - contratulations!

JessaLu said...

it looks wonderful! Congrats!