This weekend we finished the first phase of our deck. I am using the term 'we' pretty loosely here, as Matt, Tim, and Brandon actually did most...Okay - all...of the work.
Here is what we started with, basically you are seeing a hill, some dirt, and some old concrete block...HOW LOVELY!
The boys (including my annoying ol' brother in law Brandon) dug holes for the footers. Is he laughing here?? Get to work! There is no time for laughing Brandon!
I tell ya...that guy is always goofing off! Good thing I was there to lay down the law!
Next they found three (3!) of these guys hiding in our pile of lumber...
(Several of you have commented asking what kind of snake this is...this, my friends, is what we call a Black Snake. Non-venomous. We do have venomous snakes in the area, but luckily not in our wood-pile! You can read about my childhood encounter with a poisonous snake HERE wherein I was rushed to the ER after being bitten by what I mistakenly believed was a worm.)
After we rid ourselves of the snakes, the boys set the footers in concrete, and went about putting up the frame for the deck...at least I'm pretty sure that's what they are doing here!
At that point I got distracted painting shutters and the door, so I sort of missed taking pictures of the rest of the process. I'm sure you get the picture though -- screws, deck boards, levels, etc. etc. blah blah blah...
All I know is...we ended up with this! And I love it!!
Check out our awesome view from OUR NEW DECK! (Can you tell I am excited!? Cause I really really am!) The creek is a little muddy right now, but still, it can't be beat. A few days ago we had a white heron standing in our back yard. OUR BACKYARD!
Now Matt and I need to decide on a stain...any suggestions? So far we have come up with "something dark-ish"...so we could use all the help we can get in that department!
Do you think something like this would be too dark?
Do you think something lighter is in order? More red? Should we just paint it purple for kicks?