Deck project provides a useful, attractive upgrade
Angie’s List member Sam M. of Madison, Ala., recently completed a deck project that has brought a whole new life and utility to his home.
“The deck faces south, which subjects it to the brutal Alabama summer suns, and the age had rendered it spindly legged to say the least,” Sam explains. “We needed to make the deck safer, and that started us thinking that we could also make it more useful in the process.”
Sam and his family decided to demolish the old deck and start from scratch in order to reach their safety and utility goals.
First, Sam hoped to add more parking space for visitors. What resulted was the replacement of the rectangular 40-foot by 16-foot deck with a smaller (and sturdily built) 40-foot by 12-foot structure, augmented by an additional surface that provides covered parking for two to three cars underneath. In addition, the position of the new deck’s stairs was moved to a more useful location. Finally, Sam and his family chose to add a pergola with a privacy wall to wrap up the project.
“Completing the project happened to coincide with the arrival of house guests from Brazil, who relished the addition,” Sam notes.
His grandkids (ages 2 and 3) have also been enjoying the new deck during their visits, as well. “(They) now show up at the house asking for hot dogs because they know hot dogs get cooked on the deck, and they love to eat and play on the deck,” he says.
Sam says he can’t imagine what could have made the deck project any better.
“It has been a great addition and improvement to the house and gives us a reason to get outside, away from the air conditioning and TV, to communicate on an unhurried personal level,” he says.
A panorama view of the completed deck shows the stunning result. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Sam M. of Madison, Ala.)