This project all started when
Conor's brother Jay (the guy in the picture to the left) came down from
Connecticut to add a new section to the deck and re-do all of the decking.
We had gotten a couple of quotes for the deck work from local companies
and Jay's answer was "yeah, we can do that!".
As we were setting up this work, we spoke about our pool fence. We had
built the fence about 9 years agow with Cedar. All parts were Cedar. For
those of you that don't know, Cedar is a nice, long lasting wood, as long
as you don't have persistent ground contact -- and the posts of our fence
did have such contact. As you can see from the photo to the right, many
of the posts had simply rotted at the base and the fence panels were
Once we got started we saw that many (most?) of the cross beams were
also deteriorated and we realized that many of the sections that
we would want to move when we moved the fence line wouldn't line up.
So, we decided to replace entire the fence as well.
A separate job that we had been talking to a local landscaping company
was to put a patio below the new deck along with some form of stairs down
to the pool area from the side of the garage that would also tie in with
the new stairs from the deck.
Looking down from the kitchen (through where the new deck would go (you can
see the new footers for the support beams for the new deck) you can see
a portion of the old square blue-stone (slate) patio and the walkway to
the pool withh those little riverbed rocks that we learned to hate.
And to the right, you can see the grass that Angie hates to mow as
well as the overgrown beds in front of the deck.
And you can also see that there's no way to get to the pool when people
want to go down to the pool (people had to cross the deck and come down
the stars on the other side (which are gone in this picture as the new deck
is already in progress.
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