Firm Footing

When I was a little kid, my dad built a treehouse for me and my brothers. It wasn’t your typical treehouse, since it wasn’t even in a tree. We didn’t have any large trees in our yard, so my dad made a platform in the corner of the fence next to the green belt where trees arched over our “treehouse”.

I remember one afternoon after a few years had gone by, we were looking at a particular board in our treehouse and I was just sure it was rotten. My older brother, fearless, impetuous, always the leader, stood up and began jumping on the board shouting see it’s not rotten. At about that point, his leg went right through. You can imagine it was chaos in the treehouse with three little kids.

You may be asking what in the world childhood stories have to do with a blog about our home. Well, the MR and I were out on the deck a few months ago, and he started showing me soft spots near the edge. You can bet that story started running through my mind.

Our deck is three stories off the ground in some places; you don’t want anyone to fall through it. I’m sure they wouldn’t be as lucky as my brother.

We had a company out to make a bid back in July and heard absolutely nothing. But then a friend had his deck redone, he knew a guy, and suddenly the ball was rolling. The fellow stopped by, and said he’d be starting the next day.  He wouldn’t be hammering in the nailheads that were popping up all over, he’d remove them and replace them with screws. Solving a problem rather than making do—wonderful.

The MR put up some cording to help keep Cocoa from slipping onto the deck when she shouldn’t. We apologized to the housesitter for the huge inconvenience, and left for a weeks vacation on Lake Chelan.

Orange Cord on Deck 2

The MR received some pretty awful pictures of rot and mildew issues while we were gone. I’m afraid these cell phone photos are all I have of the work in progress.

PicMonkey Collage

When the MR texted back asking if these problems could be fixed, he received pictures of the lovely, safe, repaired work. While a deck you won’t fall through was a huge concern, we also needed the whole thing recoated.

When we redid the lower deck a few years ago, they had redone the surface, and it was definitely time for the upper deck to be done. The lower deck is quite prickly with lots of texture, and we’d hoped for a smoother finish up above. Unfortunately, the technology and codes have changed. The upper deck isn’t as smooth as it once was, and it’s also much shinier.

On the one sunny day since it’s been completed, we did notice it’s not as hot as the old coating. You couldn’t walk barefoot without burning your feet on a sunny day on the old deck. That’s a major bonus, since we’re constantly moving chairs to catch the breeze and find a bit of shade or sun depending on the temperature.

The past few rainy days have highlighted one huge benefit of having all this work done. Water is just beading up.

The deck

There’s a certain beauty when it all works right.

Deck up close

When the rains stop, I’ll give it a sweep, and take some photos of the deck in all it’s shiny newness. For now, we’ll just watch the rain.

Any deck stories to share?

(You can check out the lower deck redo here. It’s not often you see a flying hot tub.)





3 thoughts on “Firm Footing

  1. Since everyone automatically takes off their shoes at the door, then proceeds through your house, and eventually ends up on the deck barefoot,……..I think I may speak on behalf of everyone, “thank you so much for the application of ‘cool deck’!!!!! Running with a heavy chair, frantically trying to make it to the other side of the house before the bottoms of our bare feet actually start to form blisters, was quite a challenge.
    When our kids were little, we lived for 3 years on a small island in the San Juan Islands. Because the only way to get on and off the island,was by ferry, the former owners had built the entire house with orders found in the ‘Sears Catalog’. It was a ‘homestead’ house and needed quite a bit of up dating when it became ours, and one thing was the deck that ran all across the length of the house, while usable left our bare feet filled with splinters. Removing splinters from the kid’s feet became a nightly ritual….and a true ‘family time together’.
    Since the wood was not worth sanding and saving, the deck was eventually removed, and after a while we all remembered to NOT go outside when the sliding door was open………..except for Spot, our dalmatian, who chose to jump out, and break his leg the night before we were expecting 3 couples to arrive on the ferry the next afternoon, to spend the weekend on the island. There was no vet on the island, so Papa took the early ferry to the mainland, had the vet set Spot’s leg, and arrived on the same ferry as with the guests. We also had half 9 geese who’s main job was to keep the slug population from overtaking the garden. There is a definite ‘pecking order’ in the poultry family, and just as the guests were getting out of their cars, the younger male jumped on the older male, and broke his neck! There was much shrieking and crying, but that is ‘life on the farm’.and that is MY deck story.

    • That’s a great story. Rogue geese, slivers, and all sorts of excitement. We did look into “Cool Deck” alternatives, but they were applied over cement… This was just a happy bonus to the changes in technology for our deck. Hope your feet stay cool next year.

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