Chronicling the cleanup and restoration of our house and property in northern Michigan

Chronicling the cleanup and restoration of our house and property in northern Michigan
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Finishing Up The Deck

Hello!  Our last update had us getting the decking down on our new deck.  Well, I am VERY happy to report that the deck is now 100% complete.  We ran out of unseasonably warm weather to get it all done before winter hit, which left the stairs and railing for this summer.  Here are some pics of how we got it done, and the final product. 

First, we needed to get a pad poured for the steps.

The pad poured, and wet curing.

The first stair stringer.  The goal was originally to have it hit the back of
pad, but a newbie error has it hitting the middle.  We'll live with it. :)

The stairs are just shy of five feet wide.  The math just about undid me
but it finally clicked!  

The stairs complete, and awaiting railing!
The posts all in place.

The top rails attached, and the balusters going on.

One side complete, and Shelly proudly showing it off.

The deck railing complete...just the stairs to go!
One side down...one side to go...

That's it!  It's done!  Well...just some blocking and some electrical
work to do.

This project was the single largest home improvement endeavor we've ever attempted to tackle.  We've had a couple months now to enjoy it being done.  Shelly and I talk quite a bit about what we built...that we did it together...that we still like each other now that it's done.  Neither of us had ever built a deck.  But, we built a deck.  :)

Damn, we are so very proud of what we accomplished!!!!!


On to the next project...

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