Deck and Pergola

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Project by NaptownWood posted 07-09-2014 07:11 PM 2403 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a few yrs working on the interior of the house, it was time to tackle the backyard. We are on a corner lot in the city, so space is limited. This deck is 10’ out from house, and 16’ long. The pergola posts are 6×6 and the big boards on top are 2×10. I got to use a Jack Hammer for the first time, so that was prettt cool. We ended up just using those precast concrete fooring blocks for foundation because the height was just right for one step fown from back door and one step down to the yard. We ended up putting privacy lattice on top for extra shade, as you can see in one of the pics. All screwed with those self tapping 3” star.bit screws, except for a few places we used the air gun. Brad gun for the lattice as well. The whole thing was about $1600 in materials, but I am sure it would have been more than 3 times that if we would have had it done.

Please critique at will, and feel free to suggest any extra stuff to add, it is a blank slate at this point.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 08:23 PM


-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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John Olsen

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 10:03 PM

Were you going to put either a step or a rail on the sides? I’m planning to put up a pergola, and I’ll be putting a trellis on one side for grape vines.

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#3 posted 07-10-2014 11:47 AM

I guess you’re going to close in the other end? Man this is sweet. The only other thing I see that may not be an issue is if the power company ever wants to switch out the meter base, it seems the post is a little close. May never be an issue. All you need is get the grill going!!

For John Olsen—-think it through when you’re going to put a grape vine onto a pergola; assuming the pergola is on the house as is this one. Eventually the vine climbs onto and covers the top of the pergola. In the fall, you have a lot of fallen grapes where you will walk and they will get tracked in the house.

-- Tim Harrelson

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#4 posted 07-10-2014 02:50 PM

Ah yes, the third side. I have gone back and forth on that one. I have the lumber for a step sitting near by, but niw I am having second thoughts. I am thinking some sort of horizontal surface for the grill station. I dont know. I keep telling my wife that we need to live on it for a while before we decide on that and the furniture arrangement.

The power meter, and adjacent window on one side, and the gutter, window, and gas meter on the other side did dictate the post placement. I know exactly where my gas line is now, because i ran into it with the post hole digger. They are all close, but i left the step on the power meter side a bit short, and i think they can get in there if need be.

We sat on it last night, and man is it better than the old concrete stoop!

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#5 posted 07-10-2014 04:55 PM

very nice. Some indirect lighting under that step could highlight the length of the deck as well as provide some safety after dark. A track or low-voltage spot shining back on your stone wall of the house as accent lighting would look good too.

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#6 posted 07-10-2014 07:12 PM

How about putting in a railing on the side to hide the AC unit, and putting in a built in bench seat, with the railing as a backrest, then putting the BBQ unit on the other side….
Fencing in one or both sides, and putting lattice up to the railing, and planting some purple wisteria…

-- Matt, California.

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#7 posted 07-12-2014 02:31 AM

Very nice. I definitely agree with your idea of living with it for a bit and then putting the finishing touches in. My wife and I have learned that patience like that is better than wishing you would’ve done something different. We did a 3/4 gut rehab on our house and I wish I had done a few things differently but was in a hurry to get done so we could move in.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#8 posted 07-17-2014 03:33 PM

It very rewarding to add some outdoor space to your home. You won’t reget the cost one bit.
This would be a bold move and I’m not sure how the inside of your house looks but perhaps replacing the single door with a sliding door????? Again, inside room would have to allow for that.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 07-18-2014 05:16 AM

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