[ AFTERNOON DECK PROJECT ]
Our summer home improvement plans proved to be a bit to0 ambitious for our schedules. With the unusual (for us) amount of traveling we did, we weren’t left with a lot of time or money to complete the tasks on our list. Though summer is officially over, September had one last warm weekend to offer, so Patrick decided to take on a small exterior project.
I don’t post very often about the outside of our house, mostly because it’s a giant mess of rotted wood, pine needles, and ivy. Two thirds of the big wrap-around deck needs to be replaced because the wood has started to rot, though we’ve had several contractor friends look at it to reassure us that it’s not going to come crashing down when we stand on it.
The one section that is in decent shape is the boardwalk area that leads to the front door. The rest of the deck has been finished with Trex (or something similar) that was laid on top of old rotting wood, but this part is just plain old wood, of the non-rotted variety. It doesn’t get much direct sun, and with the heavy amount of rain we see, the wood has the typical gray coloring, but it also has dark gray/black areas (probably some sort of moss or mildew) that get really slimy and slippery when they’re wet.
Patrick decided to see how much he could improve the area with the supplies that we had on hand. He spent a couple of hours sanding the section in front of the door, and then finished it off with a couple of coats of varnish that was leftover from finishing the door at our last house.
The weather didn’t cooperate long enough for him to finish the last little section that goes up to the road, but since it’s a pretty basic project, if we get another few days of dry weather this fall, he can easily complete it.
For my part of the project, I finally planted a hosta in a $4 planter that I purchased at an estate sale last winter. It looks pretty wimpy right now, but I have high hopes that it will thrive. The deck was built around one of the many douglas fir trees on our property, but this particular one was not very healthy so we had it removed when we first moved in. The stump drives me crazy, but I’m hoping that the hosta wil grow big enough to hide it a little.
Yes, that tree is frighteningly close to the house, but it’s obviously been that way since the house was built forty years ago, since they built the roof around it. We plan to take it down in the next couple of years because it makes us a little nervous, but it is really expensive to have trees this big removed, especially when they’re this close to the house and we’re on a the side of a hill with minimal access and no “drop zone.” Actually, I’d love to hear recommendations for local tree services, does anyone have one they can share?