The Spivey Deck Project 2017 is complete!
Today I want to share with you the before and after shots of our deck project and later I will take you on a video tour of the finished deck project.
As I mentioned a while ago, David and I decided to remodel our deck this summer. We made some pretty big changes that will allow us to enjoy the outdoors again. When you are almost 1000 feet closer to the sun, and there is no shade, things tend to get rather hot and more intense. Our old deck was small and looked weather-beaten. It required treatment every year, which is crap or at least it was in the blazing sun on our mountain. During the winter the deck got a black mildew look to it. How does wood grow mildew in direct sunlight? It had to be from the stain we put on it sealing in moisture. I don’t know, but it made our five-year-old deck look horrible.
Regardless, of a poor choice in protectant, our deck was really starting to look bad. Our favorite spot outside had become an eyesore. The aesthetics were one reason, but our main reason was the blazing hot sun. We could not enjoy sitting outside, until late in the evenings after the sun went down behind the trees. Since having Melanoma, I try to stay out of the sun whenever possible, mainly because I HATE sunscreen. The umbrella table helped some, but for three to four hours a day, we received angled sunlight that the biggest tilt of the umbrella would never hide and I would still need to slather down in SPF 1000 and avoiding sun is better to me than applying sunscreen which always tends to fail in some way.
The remodeled deck has addressed these issues and it also gives us more entertainment space. Although we found out after our party at the end of October when the weather did not cooperate and we moved our party inside, we really didn’t need extra entertainment space at all, but we are happy with how our deck project turned out.
I’m excited to take you on a tour, so let’s get started!
This is a shot of where our deck used to end. It was a standard 10 x 13 right off the back door with steps leading down to our wee unlevel backyard.
July 2017 the materials were delivered and dropped off into our little driveway. Getting in and out of our driveway was a little frustrating until the materials began to vanish onto the back of the house. We got pretty good at 50-point turnarounds in the space we had to park our vehicles.
And then one day we got home from work and walked out the back door and this happened. And the following days a little more happened…
This window went away. We had them replace it with a door that walks out from our master bedroom onto the screened porch.
THE FINISHED PROJECT
Taaddahhhh! Here are our new deck and screened porch!!
Of course, this shot of our new deck was taken more recently. Leaves have fallen on the deck and the table and chairs have been moved inside to our basement for the winter.
So how did we get to the finished product?
The deck was extended the full length of the house, with composite decking. We ended up using a composite made by Armadillo called Painted Desert. We chose this mainly because it was one of the best matches we could find to go with our stained log siding. Which also got recoated with Sikkens.
No more treating deck boards, no more splinters and no more mildew that won’t go away!
New steps were added to the side of the house. They are so much better than the old rickety ones we had on the back of the house. These new steps may be David’s favorite feature of the new deck. He loves how sturdy they are and has admired them since he took the first steps.
We installed the paver landing area at the bottom of the steps ourselves one Saturday after the deck was completed. We almost killed each other trying to get it done. I’m just glad it wasn’t any larger than it is or we may not have survived!
The view from the top of the stairs. Just look at those beautiful fall colors!!! Y’all!! Pinch me or something because even after almost 6 years I still can’t believe I live here!
To the right on the wall by the screen door of the porch, you will see a large printed map of Skyline Drive. The north entrance is about 15-minutes from our house. At the top of the map, you will see a picture of our home showing you where you are in the beautiful Blueridge Mountains of Virginia.
I made this map when I was working in the graphics department of a trade show company. I’ve been waiting for 5 or 6 years to hang it in the perfect spot. I finally found it!
I also found a great deal on this awesome outdoor sectional on Wayfair.com and ordered it once I made sure it would fit the space. They shipped it all the way across the country in just a little over a week for FREE!
To make the space more open and breathable, we requested open gable and had a ceiling fan and light installed to give us mountain breezes on the days the wind doesn’t blow.
We get more views now that we have extended to the other end of the house.
Here’s the door I mentioned earlier from our bedroom. I love being able to walk outside from the bedroom. Morning coffee in this new space will become a regular thing! We plan to shop for more furniture in the Spring. It’s really hard to shop for deck furniture when the stores are trying to put out big blow up Halloween decor!
When walking outside from the new bedroom door, I am greeted by this sweet owl I found at Marshall’s for $7! No way was he staying in the store for that price.
I just love him! Isn’t he the cutest?!?
Part of our deck project was getting rid of the awful french doors on the back of the house. They wouldn’t stay closed unless they were deadbolted shut. The leaked air and let in 219,833,330 ladybugs and 484,443 stink bugs. I despised these doors and I was so glad when they were replaced by this open glass sliding door.
We also had our neighbor, an electrician, replace our old ugly light fixture with a new one, that matches the ones on the front of the house.
The only way I could get a photo of the back of the house was down the road across the other side of the mountain.
So, that’s the big reveal! My only regret is that we didn’t do this sooner so our poor little 18-year old blind kitty could have enjoyed it. He grew up on a screened porch and I promised him I would get him another one to enjoy someday. I was a little late on my promise to him, but he knows I tried and I stayed true to my words.
At this point, you are welcome to take a narrated video tour of the deck and porch by clicking the link below. Never mind the stupid way I talk and the southern twang of my voice or the glitchy camera. You may want to take a Dramamine first…
If you are interested in seeing the narrated video tour, click HERE!
We are very excited about new outdoor space. This deck project took a lot longer to get done than we expected, but we love it and are excited to spend more time out here in the years to come.