Happy 1st of October and welcome to our back deck! Pictured below is what the back deck looked like the day we moved in. It was usable, but starting to rot. We had ripped it off in the summer of 2013 with every intention of replacing it that summer or the following summer. For 5-6 years our house sat like that, I had gotten so used to it. When people would come over for a visit they would inquire about the 4 ft. drop off out our bay doors. It would always take me a while to answer as I had gotten so used to it looking that way I forgot that there was anything weird about it! Once funds were available and we had the time to work on it construction began this spring.
In the photo's below you can see we had some great help! Stuart's sister Janelle and her husband Justin used their carpentry skills to help us. Also, Marshall, Ted, and Stuart's dad, Dan joined in the fun. Thank you to our friends and family for helping Stuart bring my vision to life!
In the photo's above Stuart and Marshall are helping mommy stage the deck for lovely autumn inspired photos. Below are the pictures of the finished product... I am bias, but this privacy wall is worthy of am entire row of heart-eye emojis! This is such a unique look, that is so simple to achieve. My husband didn't even complain about building this ;). The boards for the privacy wall are all cut at a 45 degree angle and then mounted on to a frame that he first built on the ground. I wanted the landing to be as small as possible to make room for a very large, low, one level deck. Balusters for railings can be extremely pricey! In order to keep the landing in our budget and to give the deck a unique eclectic look that I love, I chose to do something a little bit different than a basic railing. The railing of this deck doubles as flower boxes and shelving for decor. In the summer I had real foliage in the boxes, but I had to switch to artificial as we have already gotten frost in southern Saskatchewan. We hid the electrical behind some woodwork as well, which I was unsure of at first until I realized this location made the perfect spot for a wreath- and it sure looks better than an electrical box.
We are thrilled to be able to enjoy this deck. What a difference this renovation makes in our back yard!