Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Deck Update #6 - The Homestretch (plus sneak peek of the garden)

The deck is sooooo close to being finished!  We got the remainder of the railings up this past weekend and my "fancy steps" are about 3/4 of the way done.  I am lucky my dad loves a challenge because the wraparound/cascading steps are proving to be quite the design challenge.  There are a lot of geometry calculations and 3-dimensional thinking involved.  They are coming along great though!

Fancy steps being laid out for concrete landing pad.
Some custom stringers and Dad admiring his handy work.
First step is complete!
All of the railings are done!
Some temporary furniture.
Back view.
We also scored this sweet outdoor dining set from craigslist for half the price that it's going for at Target!  I'm so happy with it!  Now I just need to find a reasonable "conversation set" for the lower level.  We might just want until the end of the season to get something on clearance if I don't see anything on craigslist that I really like.

 

And finally some pictures of the veggie garden!  Greg assembled the boxes and built the fence about a month ago and we just planted our first crops: broccoli, potatoes and carrots (for Peter, of course).  This weekend we are going to plant peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, basil and citronella.  Greg is the champion of our garden... I can't even keep our houseplant alive.  I'm very excited to reap the benefits of his hard work though... There's nothing better than a fresh Jersey tomato straight off the vine!

Just need to finish painting and put the fancy tops of the last few posts.
French door gate!
Lots of room for veggies!
My lone contribution to the garden... painted rock identifiers.  :)
And... Greg and Dad finally got the riding mower working.  No more push mowing for Greg!!

 

17 comments:

  1. Wow! Everything is sooo beautiful! Im drooling over here!

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  2. The deck looks awesome! Love the steps. Wondering where you got your supplies? We're thinking about attempting a similar deck this summer...

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    1. Thanks John! We got everything at Delaware County Supply Co (http://www.delawarecountysupply.us/) in Boothwyn, PA. They were awesome to work with and reasonably priced. I definitely recommend it if you live in the South Jersey/SE PA area.

      P.S. I love your blog!

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  3. Wow wow wow! So beautiful! How much land do you have? It is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! We have 1.5 acres. My hubby was insistent on at least an acre after living in the city for the past 5 years.

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  4. ur deck is badass!!! we should be gettin started end of this month!

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    1. Woohoo for starting your deck! We've been having meals out there lately... it's heavenly with this nice weather!

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  5. That is an awesome looking deck. Looks better than the inside of some houses I've seen!

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    1. Aw, thank you! I just started following your blog... I LOVE the Victoria Falls floorplan. They didn't offer it in our community. :( So jealous!

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  6. I'm in love with your deck. Love the color contrast, multi-level design and stairs. It's not just a boring square deck. It's exactly what I would like to do on our house. One of my goals is to have outdoor living spaces, which we just haven't had at our other homes. I really want this in my life. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  7. I am LOVING your porch!!! The cascading steps are going to be great! Your dad is doing great work!

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  8. Your deck is amazing...i just love the different levels and your steps will be beautiful!...btw what a great find on craigslist!!!

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  9. Hey, I love your Deck, I have the same Model Home, would you mind telling me what you paid for the deck and much was in the materials?

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    1. This post has the price breakdown: http://movingtothecountryryanhomes.blogspot.com/2013/06/deck-price-breakdown.html

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