Tuesday, August 17, 2010

maybe I'll take up woodworking...

No, I won't, since a new hobby would just about kill me, but this deck is our pride and joy:

My husband, myself and our neighbour put this beauty together. We ripped out the old, dangerous one, and after reinforcing the spongy joists (a somewhat unexpected find), replaced the 30 year old crap deck with a properly built one with the proper materials. (the former one was really built out of whatever materials were around - the deck boards were probably fence boards, there had to be 4-5 different types of nails used, etc.) Plus, it was stained dark brown - my FIL's favourite thing to do. We are going to be hard pressed to keep him from staining this one, and we really don't want him to! The catch phrase of the week was "nothing a little walnut stain won't fix..."

We changed one thing - we changed the regular railing to this bench seat one. This deck is really a gathering place, and by doing this , we added seating for a ton more people. My in-laws don't know we did this - I can't wait for them to see it!
Now if only we could get rid of the plastic chairs... (I know they're handy - rain doesn't hurt them - they're just not my favourite...)
ETA - the in laws saw it, and LOVED it! They were just thrilled. Of course, we all then had to vacate the cottage so my SIL and her soon to be ex-husband and all his relatives from Germany could take over the place for a week. Yes, it's a strange situation, but we're just happy he's a soon to be ex. She will be so much better off without this person in her life. Why he thought he could still have her family cottage for a week with his relatives is beyond me, and no one thought to tell him otherwise, once the divorce was announced. Oh well - one week, then he's gone.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great looking deck, and great idea to make a railing bench. Just a thought, but a bench along the side of the house might also work to accommodate the gatherings, although not as comfortable as lounge chairs would be.
Marlyce in Windsor

Acorn to Oak said...

Your new deck looks great! I love the bench seating all around. Looks like a great place to hang out! :-)

Needles said...

It looks like a fantastic gathering place. I shall have to teach you guys about sloth. ;)

Biblical level sloth is something that must be practiced. You have the perfect place in which to do it...

Brenda said...

Nice looking deck and beautiful surroundings. Some BIL you almost don't have.

Carol said...

I got a new dck last year out back of my house and it is the bestest ever. I cannot imagine how great having a nice new one at the cottage must be. as for the ex-IL, well, maybe it was less stressful to give in this once. SO long as he gets it that it IS just the once.....

KnitTech said...

Nice job on the deck. Want to come build one for us? :)