Did our sneak peak photo hints on Friday get you guessing what we’ve been up to? We’ve been busy in the backyard…
Think back…way back (a whole year ago to be exact) when we took our backyard from this:
A year ago Memorial Day weekend we built our deck. It took two days and lots of friends and family to make it happen. But we had one minor detail we couldn’t squeeze in that weekend – a project that was never finished until this past weekend…almost a year later!
If you take a look at the plans we made when we pulled a permit, we had also planned to put in steps on the backside of the stoop, leading down to the low deck.
Since we hadn’t put those in yet, we’ve had to walk down onto the grass to get onto the deck. Well, after a year of that, it was getting
very a little annoying. So since we had to have the deck inspected within a year of pulling the permit anyways, it was about time to finish it up!
As always, I had to call in recruits: Grammy = Avery sitter, Grampy = Expert Handyman. They were also there for another project… but you’ll have to wait for details on that later! Grampy brought all the supplies and tools- he was under strict orders to have it cost no more than $56 (our budget from our GIANT tax refund). I took measurements and relayed them to Grampy who precut all the pieces in VT and brought them here to assemble.
First order of business: cut off the railing (to reuse later) where the steps would be.
With a quick few cuts with the saw, the railing was off!
And man, did it open up our tiny little stoop! It felt so much bigger already, even without the stairs put in yet.
Grampy placed some precut pieces for the TWO, yes count them – two whopping steps and nailed them into the deck – he’ll later lay the wood over them to create the steps. But first, he had to cut a hole for the post for the railing…
He cut a square into the deck, and put the post down into it, and wa-la! (He makes it look so easy!)
Next, it was onto the steps – he used pre-cut pieces of wood that he notched out to fit around the railing. It didn’t take long for Avery to jump in and help out…
After cajoling Avery away from the power tools, Grampy put the wood on the risers and steps – and with that, we had our stairs!
An angled cut to the post – so we can rebuild the railing down the side of the steps with pieces from the railing we removed.
I used a hammer to knock the rail and balusters apart and removed all the nails – and Grampy cut them down to make a new railing!
And then…it was DONE!
Pretty snazzy, right?! I’m working on sanding down the railing so I can repaint it… then it’ll really be done!
Oh and if you take a peak in the background of the last two pictures, you can see what else we were working on… details later on that!
Is a project every really done? I always have some detail or finishing touches on projects and rooms in the house that I keep adding to the honey-do list. Am I the only crazy person doing this or do you find that a project is really ‘never finished’ ?