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