Rounding the Corner

20 May

On Saturday we made it to a milestone on laying the decking: we reached the corner of the kitchen! Now we’re heading to the deep end.

We’ve laid the first board that goes the full width of the deck, and let’s just say we “planned well” (some might argue we got lucky). The result is that we did not have to rip a board down, which would entail cutting a board down its whole length to part of its width. Fortunately, running a full board at the current spacing worked out very well with the spacing from the house. There is a tiny space, but not enough to fill it in with a sliver of wood.

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We’ve actually been somewhat dreading what would happen when we got to this point, so it was a relief that our fears were not realized. We snapped a chalk line down where the edge of the board should be so it would be a nice straight line since we didn’t have the existing boards to use as a reference in this area.

Before we continue on, we have to do a little under-deck landscaping/plant killing as well as some bee finding/killing. We may lay down some landscaping fabric as well to try to keep weeds from reappearing.

We’re pretty pleased with what we’ve got so far! It really does look like what we had hoped and, while it is a little tedious, the half lap joints are working out well, plus we’ve got a pretty good rhythm going.

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3 Responses to “Rounding the Corner”

  1. judithiasilli May 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM #

    Wow! Looking good!

  2. Jenn May 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM #

    Looks awesome – hope to see it in person soon!

  3. Corinne May 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM #

    Thanks!! We can’t wait until it’s done and we can have a big “deck unveiling” party!!

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