Wednesday, May 17, 2017

All decked out for summer

Last summer we realized that we would soon need to do something with our deck. Spanning the garage and wrapping around the living room and kitchen to the front and rear, the deck is a vital part of our living space for at least half the year.

Trouble is, the railing was starting to sag alarmingly to the point where I wouldn’t have wanted to put any weight on it, and there were a few places where there was a noticeable bounce under foot. Not good.

So we resolved to put things to rights this Spring before the fine weather kicked in. A builder friend managed to squeeze us in between jobs - and in between spells of rain that dragged the process out a lot longer than it might have taken, but we’re there now and very pleased with the results.

The most nerve-wracking part of the operation was having the garage open to the weather while they ripped off the old decking and put down new plywood. We had to clear the place out beforehand and do our best to shield the freezer and shelves the that remained. Here’s how they left it that first evening. Luckily the next 24 hours stayed dry and the garage was covered again by the time the next showers hit.

And here is the finished work. We’d debated going for aluminum railings (zero maintenance) but opted for cedar in the end, and we are both happy with that decision. They were able to salvage the glass panels that were in place originally and put everything back very much like it was.

Yes, that’s our barbecue sitting lonely in the corner. I had to take off one side shelf to maneuver it through the door and into the kitchen while they worked. There was no way we were going to get it down the stairs, remembering the battle we had years ago getting it up there in the first place.


  1. Well done Ian - looks a very smart job - much nicer than railings ... now to enjoy some outdoor food! Cheers Hilary

  2. That looks great! We have a section of clear panels like that on our deck too. I like how they don't block the view of the yard like a regular railing. Our grill has spent time in our family room while we stained our deck. Odd to look at, but yes, way easier than moving the awkward thing down a level to get it out of the way.

    What kind of flooring is that?

  3. A deck over your garage - clever use of space. It looks really good all fixed up.

  4. Hilary, we have more work yet to do before we can properly enjoy it.

    Jean, we like the alternating fence and clear panels. Gives some privacy and still some view especially to the front of the house.

    Alex, it's a great way to use the space!


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