We've been making good use of the patio that is above the garage on the front of our house. Our neighbours are original owners of their home and they were teasing us that we've spent more time on that patio this Spring than the last owners of the house spent on it in 30 years!
There are a ton of reasons to love this patio:
1. It is South-facing and gets sunlight all day long and we love to soak up some Vitamin D!
2. It is a pretty decent size to fit a group of people. We were hosting a get-together for a charity group that we're in on a Saturday afternoon and we easily fit about 10 people and 4 kids out there with a couple tables for snacks.
3. This patio gets a mountainview from October-April until the trees in the park across the street get their leaves on them, but then we're looking at a park so the view is still beautiful. 4. We find this patio peaceful when it's just my husband and I out there - we can lay on loungers or play a little game of crib and enjoy the sunshine and maybe a cocktail.
The only reason not to like this deck:
1. The deck boards on the patio are incredibly weathered and give you splinters in your feet if you aren't wearing your shoes. There are nails popping up everywhere so it's not out of the question to stub your toes on nails.
These old deck boards are an easy fix for a patio where we spend a fairly significant amount of time enjoying life.
The patio has a floating deck system to allow for proper drainage underneath it. We started this project by taking out as many screws that would come out using a drill. We started prying up the boards with a heavy pry-bar. Once the boards were pulled off, we cleaned up the leaves and gunk that had been collected under the deck boards over their 30 years of existence. We removed the leftover nails and screws from the boards that the deck boards were screwed into.
Some of the supporting structure boards underneath the deck boards were a bit rotten so we replaced those with pressure-treated boards that measured 2" x 6" x 10'. We used the original boards as the template to cut the new boards, as each board was cut to a specific size to ensure proper tilting and drainage on the patio.
We used new pressure treated deck boards that measured 5/4" x 6" x 8' to cover the patio. We started laying down the boards on the patio edge that was opposite to the house. We worked from side to side, drilling pressure-treated screws into the boards that were supporting the patio. We ended off near the house, so we had to rip those boards in half so they would fit to properly complete the patio.
We started from this front corner:
This is the back edge, where we had to rip the last board in order to make it fit:
Total Cost: $390.72
Pressure-treated deck boards (5/4" x 6" x 8'): 56 @ $ 5.55 = $310.80
Pressure-treated supporting boards for underneath the deck boards (2" x 6" x 10'): 4 @ $9.98 = $39.92
Pressure-treated screws: $40
We purchased the pressure-treated wood because it holds up so well and this patio gets a lot of sun, heat, and moisture. Cedar is also known to hold up well against these types of weather conditions, but when we were choosing between Cedar and pressure-treated, we went with the pressure-treated because it costs about 40% less. We plan to make the patio look a little more like cedar by staining it. Pressure-treated wood needs about 6 months (weather dependent) to dry out though so we're hoping we'll be able to stain it by the end of summer. We'll keep you posted on the final look after we're finished staining the patio. Until then, we'll be able to enjoy this outdoor space without getting splinters in our feet and stubbing our toes on old nails! Bring on summer!!
OH! There's one more surprise! We have decided to recycle the original deck boards that are in decent shape to make an elevated garden along the side of our house. The weathered boards give the garden a rustic feel that I love! Click here to see our new garden