I think my husband and I are bonafide weekend warriors now.
In the last year we’ve spent just about every weekend working on some type of do it yourself project.
These days we’re working on building a ground level deck under our two-story deck.
We did a whole lot of Googling before we started and are using a mix of techniques to build our deck.
To start we’re building a simple ladder frame. The hardest part of this project is that the ground here is slopped to ensure water runs away from the property properly.
It was a little tough getting the frame level, but we did it.
We did run into some snafus like, assembling the entire frame, only to realize that although the wood is treated it’s still not intended for ground contact.
Yeah…I read that as I was cutting the last piece of wood to create to the frame.
Instead of adding posts to raise the deck above the ground, we simply covered the ground below the deck with landscaping fabric.
Once we got the frame back in place, we created a rock perimeter around the deck to keep deter snakes and small animals from burroghing under the deck.
The entire project cost us about $250 including lumber and rocks.
It took us about four weekends to complete the project and we are absolutely in love with this lower deck. The next step is to furnish it and create a comfortable outdoor living space.
Because this is pressure treated wood we won’t paint it right away. It will need about six months to dry out and expand. After that, we’ll paint both decks white.
In the meantime, we’ll work on styling and decorating the deck. I’ll share our progress in a few days.