Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy 2014- Deck & Fence Project

It has been so long since the last time I posted! I hope your holiday season was filled with blessings and you made some great resolutions to achieve this new year! I was thinking about what should be my first post of 2014. As I was coming up with my New Years Resolutions I was thinking over what all that happened in 2013 for our family. The most significant event was selling our first home and buying a new one. 2013 was filled with MANY home improvements to BOTH homes!!! One of the biggest projects my husband took on was to build a deck and fence onto our new home! The transformation is so awesome! I don't know about you but I love before and after photos! So my first post is just going to be a fun look back into 2013 and the transformation that took place on our new home!

When we bought this home we had no fence for our dog. He had to be tied up if he wanted to be outside. It was a very hard transition for him since we never had to leash him for 8 years!!
 We also had no back steps or patio. There used to be stairs and a patio but the cement was slanted towards the house. So we made a deal with the previous owners for them to bust out the cement and haul it away.

First step to the project was to fill in the back with dirt to level the ground!
 This picture is taken from inside the house. The wood on the ground is how we tried to mark where our deck would go.
 There was MANY trees removed by chainsaw and EVEN by HAND!!! lol 
Then, starting to work on the fence, MANY holes were dug buy auger and by HAND! Thank God our friend Mike was available to help Jason with this job! 
 Here is the fence starting to go up on the opposite side of the deck. You can see the huge pile of tree branches on the ground. We actually were contacted TWO times by the city over the piles on the side of our house. They were trying to fine us!
 Once the fence was up, we just moved the pile behind the fence to get the city off our butts! LOL
Here, in this picture, you can see two stumps of the trees which were removed! 
 Here is the start of the fence on the side where the deck will be added.
 There is progress but there are still a lot of bushes to be removed.
 The fence stops here! YES, the rest will all be the DECK!!!
Now that most of the bushes have been removed,
 another auger is rented to drill all of the holes for the deck. Thanks to Jason's brother Mike for helping out with this job!!! You need a lot of strength when working these crazy machines!!!
 With 22 holes dug, we now needed to fill them all with cement. Jason, his dad, and two of his brothers did a great job working in the HEAT!!!
 Finally.... the framing is starting to go up!

 The kids can't resist playing on the deck.... They even helped hammer in nails!

 We had boards laid on top of the deck just so our dog could go outside to go potty but also cause we loved playing out there!

 The cedar boards are going up!
 Now some of the railing is up!
 Here is a picture of the kids hanging out on the deck while Jason and his dad work!
 One whole side is almost DONE!!!
 Here is the view from the sidewalk!
 The is gate is now in so we could finally move our fire pit away from the opening which was blocking the dog from getting out!
AND our swing is in place!!!
 The fire pit and chairs are in place!
 Here is the beginning of the stairs before the cement was poured!
 I LOVE this picture!!! It marks our FIRST time eating dinner out on our new deck!!!
 Jason worked his BUTT off to get all of the railing done just in time for our little princess to have her fifth birthday party at our home! This was the first time a lot of people were seeing our new place!
What a beautiful October day for a party!
 The only part of the railing that needed to be finished was the gate to the backyard!
The starting of the upper part of the deck!
 My man created such a great design. Don't ask me how he got those heavy boards up and screwed in all by himself!!!!
 In spring, we will put up curtains for looks and for a little privacy since the deck is seen from the street.
 Everything is all finished, just in time for winter!!!
 Hope you enjoyed a look at this wonderful transformation. I have to brag on my husband one more time! While he was building the deck I had many people ask who was building it. One guy even asked if Jason does this for a living and if he wanted any work because he was looking for someone to build a deck on his home! 

You did a great job on this Jason we will definitely enjoy this when the weather gets warmer! 


  1. Just wanted to say how amazing this looks, Colleen! I commented once before but it didn't go through, so I wanted to be sure and say it again. Great job, guys--how awesome this will be in the summer!

  2. That is a formidable-looking fence. I like the how building it became a family activity; moments shared, and more than a few hands helping, shouldering the burdens. Stuff like that is what made the fence seem like a fortress now, and it might as well be. Kudos to the fine work you have done there! Do not hesitate to get an added help in refurbishing and even, say, expanding that fence in the future. Thanks for sharing!

    Christian Renwick @ Altitude Fence and Deck

  3. The deck and the fences all look so strong. I'm sure your children are really excited to play on that area. It seems that both Mike and Jason really worked hard and did their best there. It's nice to see that building the fence also became a form of bonding for the family. Thanks for sharing that, Colleen! All the best!

    Max Hall @ Schafer Construction Inc

  4. Wow! Your deck looks so beautiful and cozy. I’m sure you’ve spent quite some time hanging out or enjoying a quiet evening there over the past year. And judging from the pictures, it seems big enough to host small events or get-togethers. Anyway, I hope that it’s still in good condition to date. Cheers!

    Betsy Keller @ Above All Roofing Inc.

  5. The pounder is put onto the back of the tractor and as the PTO turns, it drives the heavy metal down onto the post and pushes it into the ground.galvanized fence


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