Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Newish Deck

I posted last month about having that old decrepit spa taken out of our deck. On Sunday a man and his grandson came over to remove that part of the deck. They arrived around 9:00 am and by the time I got up they had gotten pretty far along. I think I took these picture around 1:30 or 2:00:

The man was able to save the old steps that went off toward the back. This next pic is with all the old deck gone as well as the finished outside edge of the deck that was left. The guy did a really good job and I enjoyed watching him work. He had to do some strange angle cuts because the beams underneath the deck board were not square to the boards. I was really impressed.:

They left to go get some fill dirt and have a late lunch and pick up another person and after a second trip to get dirt, the hole was filled and packed down and the steps were reattached to the deck:

They actually finished as it was getting dark so I took these last two pictures (above and below) the next day after I rearranged all my flower pots.

I was a tad disappointed after doing my research and finding out that it would not be a good idea to resod now. So we'll have a big sandy dirt patch for our company. Oh well. We will resod in April and by sometime next summer the grass will look like it was there the whole time.
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I think I like my new smaller deck. And that's one more thing I could check off my list. Yay!

9 comments:

haphazardlife said...

Oh, that's going to be lovely when it's resodded. Too bad you no longer have a spa though.

geewits said...

Jazz,
~~It was very old and ugly and the tiles were always falling off. We had lots of trouble off and on with the pump, leaves were ALWAYS falling in it, and our electricity bill has gone way down from not having to run the filter nearly all the time. I usually got in it maybe twice in May and hadn't been in it in maybe three years. I will not miss it at all except having water to look at when I'm sitting on the deck. I think a fountain will take care of that and be a hell of a lot easier to maintain!

Ian Lidster said...

The end result looks great. We have something similar in mind with ours, but I don't think we coiuld get it completed as quickly.

geewits said...

Ian,
~~I guess that's because you probably don't have the readily available, inexpensive labor pool that Texas seems to have, seƱor. I hope it comes out great.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It looks GREAT! They did a wonderful job...I LOVE when people doing work like this are efficient and really know what thry are doing.....It is incredibly pleasing, isn't it?

Carole said...

Gee, why is a bad idea to sod now?

You know after they took out our Maple tree, and the stump grinder came, I sodded right over all the stump mulch that was left. I added only a little planting dirt to the mulched up tree stump, and much to my surprise, the St. Augustine grass is taking hold quite nicely there. I wasn't at all sure if it would, because it was really just chunks of stump mulch, but St. Augustine is apparently pretty hardy.

Your deck area looks very nice now by the way.

geewits said...

Naomi,
~~The man's bid was so low, I was afraid he might not be very proficient, but he really was!

Carole,
~~Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening says the optimum time for sodding in this zone is April through June. Didn't you sod in May or June?

Carole said...

Yes, it must have been May because it was around the same time we got the new tree planted. I didn't realize we planted so late. We were thinking about sodding the side of the house soon; will probably wait till Spring instead. Thanks!!

Lo said...

Looks great! I can't wait ot see it in person!!!