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Old 08-23-2011, 01:18 PM   #21
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I'd be too embarrassed. It's in decent shape but it's a plain 10'x14' rectangle with a rail and bench around it, nothing exciting about it. But the deck will be more of a priority in the next house...
Hey...all I've got is a small patio and a lot of gravel and rock.
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:04 PM   #22
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We've got some very large deck areas in the backyard. Eventually we want to replace this area with nicely designed pavers. If you are not building on high elevation change areas, it seems to me the maintenance hassles of wood as a walking surface favor using stone, bricks, pavers, etc.

Their are some very good books on deck and patio ideas. You might check out the library ones first.
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Well, my camera is still packed from the move but my patio will be easy to picture. I fenced in the carport and bought comfortable lawn furniture. The carport is connected to the garage so it is in the back middle of the house and opens into the back yard. The woman who owned the house before me was into gardening so we have a pretty view. Total cost - almost nothing.
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I was working on mine just today.
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I built our cedar deck in 1994. A few years ago, the cedar started rotting and would not take stain. So I replaced all the cedar with Trex, and added skirting.

I'm glad I went with a composite material and aluminum ballisters - very little maintenance. I live by a lake with lots of humidity, so I have to power wash the deck every year to get mildew spots off.

I also added new rock steps and outcroppings down to our lower level patio. The rock work is a lot of strenuous work, but I pulled them into place with my atv and winch.

Some place you've got there. Beautiful landscaping and a nice job you did on the deck.
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Some place you've got there. Beautiful landscaping and a nice job you did on the deck.
Thanks - I had to replace my old deck - it was rotting. I like the Trex composite - just power wash it and it looks like its new. I'd like to go with more color in the landscape, but we have a deer problem
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You have nice decks in FIRE-land! Thanks for the ideas. I have a lot to do. After repairing and expanding the patio, I'd like to add a Pergola and paved walkways to a couple of sitting areas in my yard.
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Here's ours, very simple:



Yesterday we had dinner on it for the first time in several years. It's rarely warm enough, but yesterday it was 65 degrees.
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The screened porch off the kitchen was DW's idea when we had the house built. I use it much more than she does so it was a good idea.

The small deck is there for the sole purpose of the grill, which we use often.

Underneath the porch is a large storage shed. That was her idea too. I tell her that I should listen to her more often and naturally she agrees.
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I love houses with wrap around porches....

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Until you have to paint them, especially all those little spindles.
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I'd be too embarrassed. It's in decent shape but it's a plain 10'x14' rectangle with a rail and bench around it, nothing exciting about it. But the deck will be more of a priority in the next house...
Yours is very spacious compared with mine, as you can see. No big deal. It's too hot and humid in New Orleans to sit out there anyway, except sometimes in October.
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This house comes with a nice deck

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I was working on mine just today.
Hey Dawg52, I can relate to that. Seems like I've been working on this place since we moved in a year ago. Actually 16 months ago. DW watches Home and Garden all the time and then says "you know what I've been thinking?" You haven't been thinking squat! You've been watching TV. I hate Home and Garden.

Actually, we are finished with the outside. Added a screen room this summer but it's been too hot to use it. Also, just finished the remodel of our master bath and I'll be taking pictures next week of the results. Just waiting for the shower glass.
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When it comes to balusters, I highly recommend you ditch the high maintenance wood and install the metal.
Of course for a touch of class you'll need Texas stars on the rails.
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Hey Dawg52, I can relate to that. Seems like I've been working on this place since we moved in a year ago. Actually 16 months ago. DW watches Home and Garden all the time and then says "you know what I've been thinking?" You haven't been thinking squat! You've been watching TV. I hate Home and Garden.
I know what you mean. We love watching HGTV, but only because we joke and make snide comments about the decorating when it deserves it.

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Actually, we are finished with the outside. Added a screen room this summer but it's been too hot to use it. Also, just finished the remodel of our master bath and I'll be taking pictures next week of the results. Just waiting for the shower glass.
Looking forward to it! I might remodel my master bath sometime, if I can ever figure out what I want to do with it.
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FWIW we just replaced a 22-year-old toilet with a Kohler Wellworth... best toilet we've ever had!
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Merely a small, plain concrete "patio" in back of our little house, but about six years ago I built a screened in gazebo (from a kit) for outdoor relaxing. The Big Green Egg lives in there too, so I can (and do) grill in any weather.

It's octagonal, 16 feet in diameter. There's a ceiling fan in there for when there's no breeze. Since our yard is heavily wooded, the trees give plenty of shade to keep it cool and sheltered. DW loves to sit out there in her wicker rocker and read.
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Merely a small, plain concrete "patio" in back of our little house, but about six years ago I built a screened in gazebo (from a kit) for outdoor relaxing. The Big Green Egg lives in there too, so I can (and do) grill in any weather.

It's octagonal, 16 feet in diameter. There's a ceiling fan in there for when there's no breeze. Since our yard is heavily wooded, the trees give plenty of shade to keep it cool and sheltered. DW loves to sit out there in her wicker rocker and read.
Hey, that gabezo really looks serene and comfortable. Nice! Near Cincy huh? We used to live in Fairfield, OH.
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I was just in Fairfield yesterday, for a stop at Jungle Jim's. I'm sure you remember that place. World's most interesting supermarket.
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