How’s about we call this a ‘soft after’. I can’t truly call the deck finished until I’ve decorated the living daylights out of it. But I figured I’d go ahead and share the befores and afters of the structure itself. Keep in mind that there are still a lot of loose ends: endless debris clean-up, touch-up painting, trampled garden resuscitation, molested sprinkler line repair, etc, etc, etc.
Remember the sad white dog who lost her deck?
So, so sad.
She’s okay with it now:
So, so happeeeee.
A look at the deck profile:
After. We’re still missing some custom lattice work that will cover the guts of the stairs, as well as the whole lower wall on this side. Don’t need anyone falling off the stairs onto the lower patio. I am living proof that this is possible. Oh, and the white dog is MIA because she had squirrels to chase during this shot. Dog priorities.
She’s back now. A nice close-up of the hardware-cloth (chicken wire) railing panels.
A shot looking west across the new deck. We’ve promised our neighbors we’re hanging outdoor privacy curtains along the west ‘wall’. It’s a little awkward to make eye-contact with them through their bathroom window.
Remember this ‘before’ shot of the yard (taken before we actually owned the house five years ago)?
Here’s two images that show that same view now:
You can see that same lovely grapefruit tree, and make out my car parked where the 2400 cinderblocks that came with the house used to be. This is also a great example of why we chose to do the chicken wire railing panels–they still allow a nice view of the yard.
The west end of that same view. You can see how nicely the crepe myrtle trees we planted have helped to block the neighbors to the rear.
The pergola was an absolute must. One day it will be totally covered in vines just like the one on the front deck, which will keep the south (and most brutally hot) wall of the house nice and shaded in the summer.
Another view of the whole new structure. The square footage went from about 140 sq ft to over 300. In Southern California, this counts as a whole new room. Imagine breezy curtains, twinkly lights, an enormous outdoor dining table, and a brand new grill. And cocktails….lots of cocktails.
One last little detail:
Had to do it. Yes, that is carved into the top of the new decking. I’m not sorry.
Now onto the fun part: decorating. It may be awhile, though, because…..guess what? We broke.
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