New Deck Aftermath

New Deck Aftermath

The new back deck at Farmhouse38.comHow’s about we call this a ‘soft after’.  I can’t truly call the deck finished until I’ve decorated the living daylights out of it.  But I figured I’d go ahead and share the befores and afters of the structure itself.  Keep in mind that there are still a lot of loose ends: endless debris clean-up, touch-up painting, trampled garden resuscitation, molested sprinkler line repair, etc, etc, etc.

Remember the sad white dog who lost her deck?

The new back deck at Farmhouse38.com
So, so sad.

She’s okay with it now:

New back deck at Farmhouse38.com
So, so happeeeee.

A look at the deck profile:

The old back deck at Farmhouse38.com. And whitedog.
Before.
The new back deck at Farmhouse38.com
After. We’re still missing some custom lattice work that will cover the guts of the stairs, as well as the whole lower wall on this side. Don’t need anyone falling off the stairs onto the lower patio. I am living proof that this is possible. Oh, and the white dog is MIA because she had squirrels to chase during this shot. Dog priorities.
The new back deck at Farmhouse38.com
She’s back now. A nice close-up of the hardware-cloth (chicken wire) railing panels.
The new back deck at Farmhouse38.com
A shot looking west across the new deck. We’ve promised our neighbors we’re hanging outdoor privacy curtains along the west ‘wall’. It’s a little awkward to make eye-contact with them through their bathroom window.
The pre-reno deck railing and view into the yard at Farmhouse38.com
Remember this ‘before’ shot of the yard (taken before we actually owned the house five years ago)?

Here’s two images that show that same view now:

The new back deck at Farmhouse38.com
You can see that same lovely grapefruit tree, and make out my car parked where the 2400 cinderblocks that came with the house used to be. This is also a great example of why we chose to do the chicken wire railing panels–they still allow a nice view of the yard.
The new back deck at Farmhouse38.com
The west end of that same view. You can see how nicely the crepe myrtle trees we planted have helped to block the neighbors to the rear.
The new back deck at Farmhouse38.com
The pergola was an absolute must. One day it will be totally covered in vines just like the one on the front deck, which will keep the south (and most brutally hot) wall of the house nice and shaded in the summer.
The new back deck at Farmhouse38.com
Another view of the whole new structure. The square footage went from about 140 sq ft to over 300. In Southern California, this counts as a whole new room. Imagine breezy curtains, twinkly lights, an enormous outdoor dining table, and a brand new grill. And cocktails….lots of cocktails.

One last little detail:

Lovebird initials carved into the new deck at Farmhouse38.com
Had to do it. Yes, that is carved into the top of the new decking. I’m not sorry.

Now onto the fun part: decorating.  It may be awhile, though, because…..guess what?  We broke.

44 Comments

  1. Donna henken

    that is so beautiful,GREAT JOB !!!!!

  2. Love it!! Now comes the fun part… Moving in. I can not wait to see what you do. Oh and what time are cocktails???

    • LOL–Karyn! Cocktails are at ANY time at this house! Now we just need a table and some chairs–but truth be told, we’ve already had some celebratory beers just sitting on the decking. Oh, the horror!

  3. Tina

    Beautiful, I’m so jealous.

  4. Patti

    I love the chicken wire that you incorporated into the railings. Where I live it would never pass code,we have to use the ugly railing posts.

    Such a beautiful home, inside and out!! Love what you’ve done!!!

  5. Oh, Kate! It’s SO beautiful! What an amazing outdoor space–just gorgeous. I can’t even imagine how fabulous it will look once you add all of your crafty talent decorating it. It’s just stunning. Yay, you!!!! Now, go rest! 🙂

  6. Kelly M.

    Beautiful!! I love it. I love all the work you guys have done. What’s next??

  7. There are so many things to love about this deck. Besides its sturdyness, I love the way you retained the view !

  8. Jeanne

    I can’t wait to see it after you put your magic touch on!!
    Love the before and after pictures, amazing job!!!

  9. Quite impressive!! Your Texan is one heck of a workman; bet he looks really good in a tool belt!! (Confess: That’s why you married him…) We have a covered patio that was once a sunroom. There was a mold problem in there and I didn’t need another room to clean for just the two of us. Stripped it down to the bare beams and spray painted it white. I knew exactly what I wanted… black and white stripped outdoor fabric… for curtain panels at each corner with tie backs that hold them steady to the posts. Took over a year for the stuff to go on sale at a price I could afford but I got it!! This year I am intending to add some of the gauze panels they have at Ikea (2 wide panels for $5) on the outside edge of each black and white panel. These will have to be on removable dowels to come down for winter (not as durable as the outdoor fabric). I want to add little twinkle lights across the beams, too. Now, I can sit back and relax and see what you do next; it is so inspiring! (Is your hubby under the same illusion that mine is… thinking someday we will be finished and he won’t have to do this stuff anymore? Never gonna happen….)

    • Oh yes! He very much thinks we’re almost finished! LOL! Your patio sounds lovely! Just what I’m after! 🙂

  10. Oh K–another stunner of a project! Love the wire panels–lucky CA you! Would not pass code here in VA. Prepainting was brilliant! Love Love Love it. Good things happen to good people!

  11. You are blowing my mind with this project. LOVE it. So many smart decisions here. I just love that you protected the view by using chicken wire. Love the spacing in the pergola roof. Love the stairs. Love your stained floor. Love the white railing with it. Love the carved hearts with initials. Just love it all 🙂

    • Aww, thanks, Katja! 😀 We’re pretty stoked on it–now, to decorate (building a big ol’ dining table this weekend). Yay!

  12. Terianne

    WOW! It looks so good! I’m really impressed. Can’t wait to see how you decorate it!
    Also, “It’s a little awkward to make eye-contact with them through their bathroom window.” Hilarious! We had neighbours like this at our last house (unfortunately, they were the higher neighbour and we never really solved the problem), just gave the courtesy nod and a quick eye shift…they eventually moved and the new neighbours put in blinds, LOL!)

    • One of my biggest complaints about city-living. Oy! Privacy curtains are going in this weekend, and I can’t wait! Thanks for commenting, Terianne! 🙂

  13. Wow, what a difference the new deck makes. So much more sleek and modern. It changes the whole vibe of the house. P.S. iIm glad your dog is happy too.

  14. Mike W

    Ok… I’ve been thinking about it and yea the deck is beautiful and not crooked and all. The back yard is filling out beautifully without the piles of bricks and all. But OMG! I can’t believe that you have such a cool dog that smiles for the camera! 😉

    • Hahahahaha! I know! She is really something else! Thanks, Mike!!! 😀

  15. Roberta

    You guys have done a great job! Your hard work has paid off! Thanks for sharing and be sure to post the decorating tips and pictures!!

  16. Autumn

    Love the new deck!!!! Can you tell me what the stain you used on the decking is? My hubby rebuilt our deck last fall and I have been searching for the perfect stain…you have it!!!

    • You’re gonna kill me, but it’s a multi-step process, and not even deck stain (as I could not find a ‘deck’ stain that I liked the color of)–this is actually just generic, off-the-shelf Minwax stain (the kind you’d put on cabinets or furniture)–the first coat is ‘classic grey’ with a second coat of ‘early american’. Once it settles in a bit, we’ll be giving it a coat of Thompson’s waterseal. Definitely a little labor-intensive!

  17. The “K + J” = Adorable!

    • LOL–thank you– I’ve been looking for a proper place to deface our house with it! 🙂 Thanks for coming over from Instagram, btw!! Been meaning to go check your blog out–think I’ll head over now!

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  19. Nicholas Zarifeh

    Hi there,
    I love the photos of your deck and your pergola. I’m in the planning stages of building a pergola myself and really like the look of yours, especially the proportions of the timbers in the pergola. Could you be any chance tell me the following dimensions please:-
    Pergola posts – width * depth?
    Pergola Beam – width * depth?
    Pergola rafters – width * depth?
    Pergola battens – width * depth?

    Also, what spacing did you have between the rafters and what spacing between the battens.

    Thanks a lot
    Regards
    Nick

  20. Nicholas Zarifeh

    Hi there,
    I love the photos of your deck and your pergola. I’m in the planning stages of building a pergola myself and really like the look of yours, especially the proportions of the timbers in the pergola. Could you be any chance tell me the following dimensions please:-
    Pergola posts – width * depth?
    Pergola Beam – width * depth?
    Pergola rafters – width * depth?
    Pergola battens – width * depth?

    Also, what spacing did you have between the rafters and what spacing between the battens.

    Thanks a lot
    Regards
    Nick

    • Hi Nick–gonna have to get out there and measure–standby!

    • Okay, Nick–here we go:
      Pergola posts: 6×6″
      Pergola header/beam: 6×10″
      Rafters: 4×6″
      Battens: 2×3″
      As for spacing, we had to go with what worked out to looking nice (as well as being structurally sound) for the house–so no space is a perfect distance. The rafters are about 30″ apart, and the battens are about 12″ apart, plus or minus a few inches here and there.
      Hope this helps and best of luck!!
      🙂

      • Nicholas

        Thank you so much for the reply with the dimensions of all the lumber. Its a very sturdy pergola that you have built… Regards
        Nick

  21. Sandra

    I’d love to know how you fastened the chicken wire in between wood. Did you fasten it to one board and then attach a second board to the assembly?

    • farmhouse38k8

      Exactly, Sandra! It is sandwiched between two boards all around–making sure that when you are screwing the boards together to make the sandwich, you are screwing through the chicken wire (though it as stapled to one side first).

      • Sandra

        Is chicken wire to code for a deck railing? I could see how a horse panel would be stronger then chicken wire, as I’ve seen some of those being used. Was this approved by an inspector or was that step skipped?

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