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Shaenon K. Garrity
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House Update: The Deck 
3rd-Apr-2012 02:43 pm

Lately Andrew and I been working on the back yard, which is why it looks like this:

The plan is to kill off the crabgrass lawn and replace it with less thirsty groundcover.  Meanwhile, I'm expanding the vegetable garden all the way to the fence.

Someday this garage will be a detached office.  But not today!  For today we have chosen to focus on...THE DECK!

At our housewarming party two years ago, people kept telling us we needed a deck.  They got a little pushy, frankly.  But with the help of our new contractor, Jody, we finally got started fulfilling their wishes.  (Our regular contractor, Mario, got a day job and isn't available for big projects right now.)

First Jody demolished the back stoop, which came apart with a sledgehammer.

The cat above is not our cat Tesla, but a mysterious all-black version of Tesla who's been hanging around our yard.  We call it Blesla.  Tesla and Blesla have become friends, which means they sit in the yard about three feet apart and stare at each other.

Next Jody set up the foundation for the deck.  This part took the longest, thanks to rain pouring down every couple of days.

But look!  There's the real Tesla!

Tesla was deeply displeased with all the construction on her property.

Jody then set up a Craftsman-style trellis gateway.

This past Sunday, Andrew and I had lunch on the almost-completed deck.

As did Tesla.

And here it is, all built and everything!  THE DECK!

Admittedly, it'd look a little better with a lawn.

3rd-Apr-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
That's a gorgeous deck!

Good luck with the crabgrass. That stuff is evil. I believe you will conquer this evil.
4th-Apr-2012 01:05 am (UTC)
We killed the yard without chemicals, by the way. Just covered the crabgrass up with tarps for several months, then ripped it out. It might have been easier to just torch the whole thing, though...
7th-Apr-2012 05:26 am (UTC)
If you cover it with clear plastic for six weeks in the summer, it's called "solarization" and sterilizes down six to eight inches. It apparently also adds nutrients to the soil, of all things. It works best when the soil is damp, as when you have a neighbor with a leaky sprinkler head who won't believe that's the case... no reason I should know that...
4th-Apr-2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh, very nice.
4th-Apr-2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
My life seriously lacks opportunities at attack things with sledgehammers.
7th-Apr-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Nice work! The deck looks great, and I'm sure the rest of the yard will be green and vegetable-colored soon.
7th-Apr-2012 05:28 am (UTC) - Nice clearance
That deck is more than beautiful; it is well-designed and elegant. I also notice that you've got a nice amount of clearance under there; might I suggest you get a couple of rolling chests to fit underneath to be used for outdoor storage? I'm always interested in extra storage and I thought you might be too...
8th-Jan-2013 01:53 pm (UTC) - hello
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Edited at 2013-01-08 01:54 pm (UTC)
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