After 5 years it’s time to tackle the outside

This spring we started ripping out the second deck in the back that was rotted out.

Flash back to Fall 2013 when we ripped out the 1st deck that was built with non-treated wood set right in the mud…


we then laid grass back in Spring 2014DSCN2188.JPG

So much better and weirdly rug like. We played mini soccer games. Played in our sandbox (because once you are wheel-barrowing dirt and sod, why not do a yard of sand– you know just 1 and 1/2 tons of sand).

So we lived with that backyard until this year Spring 2017. So you might be wondering to yourself what kind of beef do these people have with decks!? We are sort of anti splinter fest, weirdly shaped multi-levels that no furniture fits on, rotting, infested with carpenter ants, oh and did I mention that for 5 years we have had a hot tub in our backyard that hasn’t worked for at least that long? It feels like a pretty safe assumption given that there was a decomposing hot tub cover inside of it when we bought the house.

DSC_2556.JPGThis is how it looked before starting. We had two weed boxes up top on either side. You can see the bench along the top where you would have never sat because of serious splinters. The beloved hot tub, which we of course had added a free slide to, because you might as well work what you’ve got in the mean time. The top level also had a decent sized hole in the center because the previous owners kept their fire pit up there and some burning something must have made a hole. Who are we kidding — we had out fire pit up there too. The kids loved to throw things down the hole and then lament that they were lost forever. We put our grill on the bottom level and would occasionally put a table on that first level too, which would fit exactly one chair.

These are alternate views, from the sandbox and from the shed. We casually started beginning of May and then spent some of the best days of our life with a crowbar and sawzall. Nothing could quite prepare me for the bone jarring, eye-ball shaking of the sawzall.


This was July 11th. After a nice nasty gram from the city saying we couldn’t leave heaps of rotted lumber in our driveway for months, we finally powered through and took 5000 pounds to the dump two days later!

So it wasn’t exactly demo day. And it it wasn’t exactly fun, or cool, or terribly safe…. it is now much closer to a blank slate and the start of something. I think it is fair to say after demoing the deck, walking the boards through a tiny passage way on the side of our house, down to the pile in the middle of the driveway, loading them in Josh’s trailer and unloading them at the dump, we are very certain we do not like manual labor!

Next time I’ll run down the plans for what we hope to do!


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