Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spring Deck Project

For about three years now, I've been humming on a project for the deck. We have a southerly view, which is beautiful, but every afternoon between the hours of about 3-6 pm, the sun shines in our eyes. The umbrella just works for the overhead sun.

Soooo, after much discussion, planning and fussing, H and I decided to build a deck arbor. We didn't want anything that would interfere with the view or encroach upon the space on the deck, so it was to be 8 feet tall and only 18 inches wide with a faux bamboo roller shade which could be lowered when necessary. We started with a blank slate....

H measured and cut the 4x4s for the uprights, then we attached the 2x6s (after a bit of er, "discussion" about decorative edges on the ends of the 2x6s.

Then, Giddy got to play with the tools! Oh, the heady sense of power while screwing the 4x4s to the brackets attached to the deck. Since I'm short and closer to the ground, H gladly let me do this part of the project.

H attached the top rails .....

and I stained everything to match the deck.

The final product turned out pretty nice.

The big deal of the day was the faux bamboo shade that we found on sale at Lowe's. Original price was $29.99, but we snatched it up for the incredible price of $4.49! Even if it only lasts for one season, it was a bargain.


So, after a long, hard workday, we settled down on the deck with a glass of wine to celebrate our success.

However, you can bet your bottom dollar that H and I are paying today with aching arms, legs and back!

Life is Good

Hugs, Giddy

6 comments:

Becky said...

Oh gosh, it looks totally fabulous! You don't screw around . . ugh well I mean to say, You really screwed things up . . .no no not that, I guess I mean to say you really are a good screw! Oh heck! No, excuse me . . .Good Job Giddy!

henbogle said...

What a good idea, and it looks great! I totally get the "discussion" piece -- been there many, many times. We built a grapevine arbor at this time last year --it is a good season for that kind of project.

We have been struggling with how to provide our deck with some shade -- it gets the sun from 11 am ish -an hour before sunset. After seeing yours, I'm leaning toward a pergola with some reed fencing as a shade. Thanks for the inspiration!

Giddy said...

Thanks, Becky! You are too funny.

Henbogle, I'll be looking forward to seeing your pergola project. Hope there won't be too many discussions, but, you are probably like me and win most of them anyway.

Zoey said...

Wow, Giddy, that is a beautiful solution to your sun problem!

I have a lot of discussions with my DH, but I don't seem to win much lately.

Are you going to try to grow a vine or anything up the arbor? I am seeing blue morning glories in full flower........

liz said...

This is a very late comment, but I'm new to your blog :o) Just had to say you guys did a brilliant job! What a clever solution and it looks lovely!

Giddy said...

Zoey, I have blue morning glories planted in the pots right now and hope they will cover the arbor by mid summer.

Liz, welcome and thanks for stopping by my blog