Monday, January 11, 2021

Deck Update - Railing Installed!

I suppose this should really be entitled Part 3 of the backyard renovation, since it has had its own saga. If you've seen my previous posts, you may remember that we started demolition of the old deck on May 11, then progressed through demo of the rest of the backyard and then construction. The deck was the most straightforward part of the renovation. Both demo of the old deck and construction of the new was accomplished fairly quickly.


Quickly enough that by the early part of June we were able to place the furniture and plant summer annuals in the pots. Our progress to that point was detailed in Backyard Renovation Reveal - Part 1. What hadn't happened on the deck at that time was the railing installation. 
 
I have to admit I loved the look of the deck without the railing! You really felt a part of the landscape. The furniture and potted plants were the focus and nothing interrupted the view.


For safety reasons, we obviously needed a railing. I spent a lot of time designing the railing I wanted. We had had a wooden railing on the old deck, but this time we wanted a metal railing, to provide a more open feeling and allow anyone sitting on the deck to be able to see the gardens.
 
Several weeks after our contractor ordered the pieces needed, he discovered that we were short by two of the design elements and they were no longer in production.


For the second round I designed a railing that would require less components. The parts were in stock. So far so good! Our contractor then notified us the price of the railing would nearly double. I was so disappointed.


Back to the drawing board. Third time's the charm, right? For this design, the component parts were in stock, the price was right, the welders were available. Perfect! And then we waited. We waited some more. Our order was stuck in the shipping time warp.
 
Finally! The railing was installed in mid-November, nearly five months after the deck had been completed.


I love how it turned out!




In Part 2 of our backyard renovation I talked about how our lab Joey enjoyed surveying the yard from our daughter's old wooden play set. From the fort he could see over the fence and watch everybody and every dog that walked by on the street. And when he was finished he would slide down the slide . . .


or walk down the gangplank!


I will bring you another post (or two!) in the spring when I've done some landscaping. In the meantime, I hope you check out all the changes in both Part 1 and Part 2!
 
Part 1 - the deck and upper patio
Part 2 - the middle and lower patios
 
 
 
 

  
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26 comments:

  1. THat turned out very nice! I love Joey's story of playing guard. :)

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  2. Sandra, your new railing looks lovely on the deck and you must be so happy that its finally done. I can't wait to see what you do with the landscaping!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

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  3. I like that wrought iron railing. Looks perfect against the style and color of your home

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    1. Thank you, Betsy! I wanted a cohesive look for the entire yard. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous and so perfect for the setting. I've had fun following your progress and seeing your beautiful outdoor space come together! Enjoy!

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    1. Why thank you, Denise! I have been so excited to share our new spaces with everyone!

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  5. Sandra, you’ve been very patient with your new deck. It looks great and well worth the wait!
    I’m looking forward to how you update the landscape and hope it all goes smoothly :)

    I have a new link party called Friday with Friends.
    Come on over and join the fun.
    Old and new posts are welcome.

    Take care,
    RR

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments! I don't know how patient I was, but it certainly was helped by being able to use the deck throughout our wait.

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  6. Sandra, I have really enjoyed seeing your deck and backyard progress. Everything looks so lovely! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia! It's been a long process, but I'm so happy with how it's turned out!

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  7. How lovely your deck looks. How special to have this to enjoy. Joey looks adorable.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! We have enjoyed it immensely, even after the weather got colder.

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  8. It really looks beautiful Sandra! I've loved seeing all the progress. Thank you so much for sharing at Charming Homes and Gardens.

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    1. Thanks, Kim! It's been a long journey but well worth it.

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  9. What a beautiful railing! Sorry it took so long and three different tries but it looks like it was well worth the wait.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne! I'm really happy with the result.

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  10. Just gorgeous, Sandra!!! What a nice deck you have for having family and friends over... I am envious, but in a good way! :) Love, love, love the new railings!!! I like the center medallion you and your husband chose for each panel. And your sweet pup Joey... He is adorable sliding and coming off of the climbing gym!!! He's forever over on my Animal Friends board on Pinterest now. <3 Oh, and yeah I featured your post (almost an afterthought since I had lots to say before!) tonight at Share Your Style #289. <3

    Hope you have a great rest of your week,
    Happy hugs,
    Barb :)

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    1. Barb, thanks so much for all your sweet comments, particularly about Joey! I thought the center medallions evoked all the railings I found when I searched for photos of railings in France. Thanks again for featuring my post on tonight's party - I really appreciate it.

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  11. The railing turned out wonderful, Sandra! The wait may have been long, but the end result is beautiful! I imagine you will spend a lot of time out there. Enjoy, Suzanne.

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! The railing has already had such an impact out there, I'm sure we'll continue to love it!

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    1. Thank, you, Linda! It was worth the wait, but the process certainly tried my patience.

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