Old vs new
I needed a new front deck. Upon purchasing the home, one of the things I knew I would need to replace was the front deck. It was 30 years old and in a state of deterioration.
I did my research and decided on 3 things for the replacement deck. (1) Use of composite decking material to fiend off the infamous PacNw wet weather and make it a low maintenance affair; (2) Log railing to compliment the house; (3) Pour a concrete pad underneath, complete with walkway to the side door and a concrete planter box to add to the continuous look of the back of the cabin. I designed a new landing, and stairway. I simply didn't like how the old stairs jutted out into the drive. Instead, I had them wrap around and come down to the garage underneath the cabin, out onto the concrete pad. Additionally, I used 2 colors of decking. It is amazing what they can do with composite wood decks these days. Not only does it look like wood, but you can choose your colors. I designed the deck with a lighter color for the main walk areas and trimmed in a darker (think walnut). Although, I don;t have pics showing this, it came out really, really nice. On the first landing a I designed it so that access to the back is easy by making it a pass through to the back of the house.
The composite decking and log railings don't come cheap. But in the end, I think it added more than just purpose and convenience. It also added aesthetic value that one cannot put a price tag on.
|Main Deck demolished and the new framing installed|
|Setting up forms for the concrete pour.|
|Here we see them spreading the concrete in front of the garage|
|That's right, make it nice and smooth|
|Let it cure a bit, and then add sugar on top so that they can exposed the aggregate.|
|Concrete work done!|
|Finish the decking and added the railings.|
|Looks much better than the old shown here....|
Next on the list. Ad faux rock around the foundation. Give it that rustic feel and hide the unsightly concrete foundation.
Until next time...