My grand plan of building a deck/patio finally came to this weekend! I knew that my dad and I were capable of completing it ourselves but making the time and money appear wasn't going to be easy. I some how finagled it to happen in a year :) It helped that I got the rental next door showed and rented for him in lightening speed. We also didn't have to apply for a city permit since it was not 30" off the ground. The total cost of lumber ended up being around $800 and we spent two days prepping and building with three people.
PSA - DON'T LOOK AT THE PAINT ON THE BACK IF THE HOUSE!! (Yes I know it's peeling and is embarrassing to look at. We are just going to pretend it isn't going on at the moment - it's next on my big project, need help list)-
Overall my backyard is just one big hill. I have a small flat area directly behind my house that a basement door opens to. My dad really wanted to build the deck flush to the door so that you didn't have to step up to.
This meant that one weekends my mom and I got the pleasure of digging a whole that measured 9'x16'x6". Of course it was a day that neared 90 and the day we actually built the deck was misty.
Since my house is on one big uneven hill we were able to shovel the dirt on the hill directly next to the hole. This made life way easier since we weren't wheelbarrow-ing the dirt else where.
After we had finished I raked out and reseeded the hill side. It made a huge difference on how steep and uneven the hill was before!
Construction day happened about 3 weeks later when we all had the time to devote a day to the building.
Before we constructed the rectangle my father measured out the placing for the gussets on each beam and attached them.
We then attached the side beams and lifted the rectangle into place.
Next we dug 2' deep post holes on the inside of each corner for our 4x4's to go into so that the deck is not laying on the ground but has a little lifted support. These poles were bolted into place by a bolt from each direction.
Then we were able to lay all the support beams into the gussets and nail them into place.
Once we had the support beams set my dad decided to call it a day and let Ryan and I know we were very capable of screwing the 2x4's down our selves.
Ryan was my spacer while I screwed each 2x4 at every cross beam. We used a large nail as the spacing between each board. This helped us evenly space, correct any warped wood, and will allow for rain to roll off.
We are going to add a railing which and a gravel path that leads down to the fire pit.
My dog seems to think we built is just for her...
The untreated wood still needs to be stained. I'm looking at transparent blue/gray stains... I think doing a color will look best next to the stone foundation of the house.
I cant wait to get lights up, lounge chairs out, and do some back yard chilling!