Beware a Witch with power tools!
What have I been up to? Building a deck! We started it about 2 weeks ago and are just about finished with it.
The new addition measures 16 feet by 20 1/2 feet. It is a great addition to our current 10 feet by 10 feet upper deck. With 6 people and 2 dogs using the deck at one time, 10 by 10 just didn't seem large enough.
We tore out the old hot tub that no longer worked (hadn't for years) and the walls that surrounded it. We kept the roof which adds shade in the afternoon, and built the new deck around it.
There's still a bit of work left to do before it can be all finished, but it's getting there. We still need to install the railing which will mirror the upper deck. A ramp needs to be added for my dad to make it easier for him to get up on the deck. The roof needs to be addressed as well before you can sit under it in a rain storm (you get a wee bit wet at the moment where the deck roof meets the garage). Being that the lumber is pressure treated, the task of staining both decks will be completed in the spring.
All in all I'm pretty proud of this thing. I've done most of the labor, my sister and hubby helping occasionally. I can't wait for it to be all finished and a patio set enough for all 6 of us (would be an upgrade from our current that seats 4).
I'm hoping to get it to the point that it just needs roof work and staining this weekend. I have tons of crafting that is calling my name :)