New Deck Aftermath

Back Deck Before and After from Farmhouse38How’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?

Deck Remodel at Farmhouse38

So, so sad.

She’s okay with it now:

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So, so happeeeee.

A look at the deck profile:

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Before.

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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.

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She’s back now. A nice close-up of the hardware-cloth (chicken wire) railing panels.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

New Back Deck Pergola from Farmhouse38

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.

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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:

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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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41 thoughts on “New Deck Aftermath

  1. Donna henken July 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm Reply

    that is so beautiful,GREAT JOB !!!!!

  2. Karyn wright July 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Love it!! Now comes the fun part… Moving in. I can not wait to see what you do. Oh and what time are cocktails???

    • farmhouseK8 July 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm Reply

      LOL–Karyn! Cocktails are at ANY time at this house! Now we just need a table and some chairs–but truth be told, we’ve already had some celebratory beers just sitting on the decking. Oh, the horror!

  3. Tina July 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Beautiful, I’m so jealous.

  4. Patti July 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm Reply

    I love the chicken wire that you incorporated into the railings. Where I live it would never pass code,we have to use the ugly railing posts.

    Such a beautiful home, inside and out!! Love what you’ve done!!!

  5. julieadolf July 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Oh, Kate! It’s SO beautiful! What an amazing outdoor space–just gorgeous. I can’t even imagine how fabulous it will look once you add all of your crafty talent decorating it. It’s just stunning. Yay, you!!!! Now, go rest! 🙂

    • farmhouseK8 July 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm Reply

      NEVER!!!! LOL–thanks, Julie. 🙂

  6. Kelly M. July 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm Reply

    Beautiful!! I love it. I love all the work you guys have done. What’s next??

    • farmhouseK8 July 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm Reply

      Oh, probably boring stuff like a new roof, etc! But thanks, Kelly!

  7. Becky Neville July 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm Reply

    There are so many things to love about this deck. Besides its sturdyness, I love the way you retained the view !

  8. Jeanne July 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm Reply

    I can’t wait to see it after you put your magic touch on!!
    Love the before and after pictures, amazing job!!!

  9. Charlotte Zweigoron July 15, 2013 at 10:14 pm Reply

    Quite impressive!! Your Texan is one heck of a workman; bet he looks really good in a tool belt!! (Confess: That’s why you married him…) We have a covered patio that was once a sunroom. There was a mold problem in there and I didn’t need another room to clean for just the two of us. Stripped it down to the bare beams and spray painted it white. I knew exactly what I wanted… black and white stripped outdoor fabric… for curtain panels at each corner with tie backs that hold them steady to the posts. Took over a year for the stuff to go on sale at a price I could afford but I got it!! This year I am intending to add some of the gauze panels they have at Ikea (2 wide panels for $5) on the outside edge of each black and white panel. These will have to be on removable dowels to come down for winter (not as durable as the outdoor fabric). I want to add little twinkle lights across the beams, too. Now, I can sit back and relax and see what you do next; it is so inspiring! (Is your hubby under the same illusion that mine is… thinking someday we will be finished and he won’t have to do this stuff anymore? Never gonna happen….)

    • farmhouseK8 July 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm Reply

      Oh yes! He very much thinks we’re almost finished! LOL! Your patio sounds lovely! Just what I’m after! 🙂

  10. home, garden, life July 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm Reply

    Oh K–another stunner of a project! Love the wire panels–lucky CA you! Would not pass code here in VA. Prepainting was brilliant! Love Love Love it. Good things happen to good people!

  11. Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art July 16, 2013 at 2:30 am Reply

    You are blowing my mind with this project. LOVE it. So many smart decisions here. I just love that you protected the view by using chicken wire. Love the spacing in the pergola roof. Love the stairs. Love your stained floor. Love the white railing with it. Love the carved hearts with initials. Just love it all 🙂

    • farmhouseK8 July 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm Reply

      Aww, thanks, Katja! 😀 We’re pretty stoked on it–now, to decorate (building a big ol’ dining table this weekend). Yay!

  12. Terianne July 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply

    WOW! It looks so good! I’m really impressed. Can’t wait to see how you decorate it!
    Also, “It’s a little awkward to make eye-contact with them through their bathroom window.” Hilarious! We had neighbours like this at our last house (unfortunately, they were the higher neighbour and we never really solved the problem), just gave the courtesy nod and a quick eye shift…they eventually moved and the new neighbours put in blinds, LOL!)

    • farmhouseK8 July 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm Reply

      One of my biggest complaints about city-living. Oy! Privacy curtains are going in this weekend, and I can’t wait! Thanks for commenting, Terianne! 🙂

  13. Jamie @ A Chandelier Life July 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm Reply

    Wow, what a difference the new deck makes. So much more sleek and modern. It changes the whole vibe of the house. P.S. iIm glad your dog is happy too.

    • farmhouseK8 July 16, 2013 at 6:44 pm Reply

      LOL–thanks, Jamie! 🙂 Me, too!!

  14. Mike W July 17, 2013 at 9:35 am Reply

    Ok… I’ve been thinking about it and yea the deck is beautiful and not crooked and all. The back yard is filling out beautifully without the piles of bricks and all. But OMG! I can’t believe that you have such a cool dog that smiles for the camera! 😉

    • farmhouseK8 July 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm Reply

      Hahahahaha! I know! She is really something else! Thanks, Mike!!! 😀

  15. Roberta July 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm Reply

    You guys have done a great job! Your hard work has paid off! Thanks for sharing and be sure to post the decorating tips and pictures!!

  16. Autumn July 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm Reply

    Love the new deck!!!! Can you tell me what the stain you used on the decking is? My hubby rebuilt our deck last fall and I have been searching for the perfect stain…you have it!!!

    • farmhouseK8 July 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm Reply

      You’re gonna kill me, but it’s a multi-step process, and not even deck stain (as I could not find a ‘deck’ stain that I liked the color of)–this is actually just generic, off-the-shelf Minwax stain (the kind you’d put on cabinets or furniture)–the first coat is ‘classic grey’ with a second coat of ‘early american’. Once it settles in a bit, we’ll be giving it a coat of Thompson’s waterseal. Definitely a little labor-intensive!

  17. The Boys from Cherry Street August 7, 2013 at 4:37 am Reply

    The “K + J” = Adorable!

    • farmhouseK8 August 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm Reply

      LOL–thank you– I’ve been looking for a proper place to deface our house with it! 🙂 Thanks for coming over from Instagram, btw!! Been meaning to go check your blog out–think I’ll head over now!

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  19. Nicholas Zarifeh January 10, 2014 at 4:24 am Reply

    Hi there,
    I love the photos of your deck and your pergola. I’m in the planning stages of building a pergola myself and really like the look of yours, especially the proportions of the timbers in the pergola. Could you be any chance tell me the following dimensions please:-
    Pergola posts – width * depth?
    Pergola Beam – width * depth?
    Pergola rafters – width * depth?
    Pergola battens – width * depth?

    Also, what spacing did you have between the rafters and what spacing between the battens.

    Thanks a lot
    Regards
    Nick

  20. Nicholas Zarifeh January 10, 2014 at 4:48 am Reply

    Hi there,
    I love the photos of your deck and your pergola. I’m in the planning stages of building a pergola myself and really like the look of yours, especially the proportions of the timbers in the pergola. Could you be any chance tell me the following dimensions please:-
    Pergola posts – width * depth?
    Pergola Beam – width * depth?
    Pergola rafters – width * depth?
    Pergola battens – width * depth?

    Also, what spacing did you have between the rafters and what spacing between the battens.

    Thanks a lot
    Regards
    Nick

    • farmhouseK8 January 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm Reply

      Hi Nick–gonna have to get out there and measure–standby!

    • farmhouseK8 January 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm Reply

      Okay, Nick–here we go:
      Pergola posts: 6×6″
      Pergola header/beam: 6×10″
      Rafters: 4×6″
      Battens: 2×3″
      As for spacing, we had to go with what worked out to looking nice (as well as being structurally sound) for the house–so no space is a perfect distance. The rafters are about 30″ apart, and the battens are about 12″ apart, plus or minus a few inches here and there.
      Hope this helps and best of luck!!
      🙂

      • Nicholas January 11, 2014 at 1:01 am

        Thank you so much for the reply with the dimensions of all the lumber. Its a very sturdy pergola that you have built… Regards
        Nick

      • farmhouseK8 January 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        😀

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