DIY wooden deck

We recently had a tornado rip through our neighborhood.  Thankfully, everyone was unharmed but our trees and landscaping did not fair so well.  We lost a lot of mature trees and shade leaving us with a blank, unattractive canvas and zero curb appeal.


Lots of debris to clean-up & just a bit hazardous!

12743952_1547232908902960_4677640606554535161_nStanding in our front yard looking towards ours neighbors house.  Thank the Good Lord the tree fell the direction it did!12509215_1547232968902954_1102486005893428923_n

We had the downed & threatening trees removed and the ground leveled out some as well.


Once clean-up was done, the storm forced us to rethink the future of this space.  We desire to transform an area that was ripped apart into an extension of our home that is a functional, fun space to relax and entertain.

Once we started our clean-up, our vision became clear!  We picture this area filled with bright green sod, and a lighted footpath made of paver stones.  The path would lead to a wooden deck that encompasses the tree that was saved in the storm.  String lights draping overhead would create a cozy ambiance as well as a fire pit to warm up to on cold nights. Of course, some shrubbery, colorful flowers, comfortable seating and maybe an outdoor game or two.

So….we began.  Shrubs, sod and gardenias!  THAT SMELL!


Then we broke ground to decide the lay out of our deck that will encompass one of our remaining front trees!!!

Sod laid, plants in the ground, pathway done!  What an amazing transformation already!


Time to build!  My husband and I started with this on Saturday afternoon…..


and had THIS by Sunday at 1:07 pm!!  {Yes, I checked the time!}  It was a lot of HARD WORK but soooo worth it!  And boy did we enjoy relaxing for the rest of our day!


Deck complete…for now!  We still have a long checklist but the hard part is done!
We still need to :
frame the porch
add bench seating around the tree {maybe}
outdoor string lights
fire pit
Mulch / flowers
comfy seating
outdoor games
I can envision some warm summer nights under the glow of the lights and cold winters huddled next to the fire!  It’s still a work in progress but it’s open for some fun!!!

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8 thoughts on “DIY wooden deck

  1. This is going to look great when you are all finished with your list. It already looks pretty awesome with the new deck. I especially like the tree in the center it will provide shade and make the area look cozy. Malissa and Chase I am hosting a new link party and would love to have you join us. It is called Sweet Inspiration and runs Friday through Tuesday.


  2. Thank God you guys are Ok! You have made incredible progress so far and I admire your grit and determination. Looking forward to seeing the progression and thanks for taking the time to share with us at Celebrate Your Story.


  3. You really made the best of a bad situation! What at terrible loss, I’m so sorry for losing so many of your big trees 😦 Your deck is lovely though and its just awesome to see you incorporating one of your remaining big trees into it! Can’t wait to see it with the porch!


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