For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you probably saw that we FINALLY put the finishing touches on our brand new Trex deck this past weekend.
The actual deck was extremely easy to install. We finished that in record time — just in time to host a 4th of July party! However, we still needed to finish the stairs, put lattice up around the front and side of the deck base, do a little landscaping, spread mulch, and finish a few other odds and ends before I could share the official “after photos” here on the blog.
Just a note in our defense, we were gone on vacation for a week and it was really rainy the week before our vacation, so many of our outside projects were put on hold for about 2 weeks 🙂
Anyway… last weekend was THE weekend to finish our deck. Dave and I talked about what all needed to be done on Thursday, and he got right to work Friday morning painting the plywood “skirt” around the base of the deck (we painted it black) and then cleaning and installing the white lattice over the plywood.
On Saturday, I planted two Limelight Hydrangeas, spread mulch, and added a few annuals for a little color. Normally I like to plant groupings of 3 or 5, but we really wanted hydrangeas in front of the deck (which is a very sunny area). This particular variety can handle lots of sun but get quite large. Although they look small and awkward right now, after 2 more summers, they will completely fill that planting bed and stick up well above the deck floor! I think it will look awesome.
Once the deck and landscaping was 100% finished, we moved our grill up to the deck as well as some patio furniture we already had (I just couldn’t bite the bullet and buy new stuff since I’m still not sure what I want). Everything seems to fit nicely — and we really like how it looks and functions.
We like that the grill is now right outside our back door, we like having a picnic area on our deck, and I love the fact that the kids can play on the deck right outside the office doors.
However, I think my favorite part of the new deck is that we can now sit in our red adirondack chairs and easily see the entire playhouse and kiddy play area of our backyard. This means the kids can play while we relax from the deck!
Dave and I are thrilled with the results, and we’re SO grateful that Trex offered all their amazing deck materials at no cost to us (other than my time blogging). As I mentioned in a previous post, the larger deck was a project Dave had wanted to do since we first considered buying this house (almost 4 years ago). We were already hoping to tackle the deck project this summer — so when the people from Trex contacted me back in May, it just solidified the deal. Crazy how perfect that timing was!
We’ve been using and loving our new deck for almost a month now (just without the landscaping!) It’s the PERFECT place to eat, hang out, play with the kiddos, and just relax. Our deck is in the shade almost all day, and as you’ll see by the pictures below, it’s super private and nicely tucked into the back of our house.
But that’s enough chit-chat — let’s get to these pictures!
Our Deck: Before + After Pictures:
Here’s a view from the roof of our garage looking down on the deck area BEFORE.
And the same view from the roof after.
This is the deck area the day we moved in (December 2010)
Here’s the same view with the new deck, the new mudroom, and the new landscaping!
Here’s the view from our driveway (also the day we moved in).
And here’s a similar angle after (we still need to finish the landscaping in front of the white rails — so it looks a little messy right now).
Here’s a before picture, standing on the deck looking towards the back entryway (now the new mudroom).
And here’s the after picture of the same view — it’s AMAZING how much more privacy we have on our deck now that the mudroom blocks one side!
So… what do you think?
Hopefully it was worth the 7 weeks I made you wait to see the after photos!
Dave and I just can’t get over how much more we’re using our deck now that it’s actually big enough to hang out on. It has literally given us 200 additional square feet of living space (at lease for 3 seasons of the year!)
Disclosure: as I noted in the post, we received free products from Trex in exchange for this blog post; however, all opinions are my own!
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