If you have read my blog before, you may know that I have been anxiously awaiting to do our deck remodel. We started the process back in February, before Spring even thought about showing up. As you can see from the picture below, our deck was in terrible shape. What you see is 16 years worth of direct sun, rain, and general decay. As you can see, the bottom step was completely broken off. So, despite the fact that we didn’t want to spend the money, it was time to start the deck remodel.
Before we contacted anyone, my husband I discussed what we wanted for the deck:
- Did we want it the same size or expand it?
- What kind of materials do we want to use?
- Are we going to attempt to do it ourselves or hire someone?
These were all questions that we were dealing with in the early stages of planning. We knew that we needed to get it started, because we were sure we weren’t the only ones that needed to have their deck fixed or replaced.
You can see how bad it really was!
After doing some research online about different size decks and their cost, we decided to stay with the same size deck. It would have been a large increase in price to expand the deck, and we wanted to stay inside a budget. Once that decision was made we did some research on different decking materials. We decided we wanted composite decking. Our backyard gets the sun from sunrise till about 5pm during the summer. The wood deck we had before had warped, disintegrated, faded, and was in horrible shape. So our first decision was to go with the composite decking.
Our second decision, and one that I am grateful we did, was to hire someone to do it. I am glad that we did, because the zoning requirements in our township had changed, and we never would have been able to complete it safely. As for the contractor, we decided to go through Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. I admit, now that the project is completed, that I am not sure if I would recommend them for another major home renovation. As excited as we were to start the deck remodel, and as helpful as they were before we handed them the check, it is a big process that needs a lot of research. Lowe’s was very helpful until they got paid. Due to the color we picked, our items had to be special ordered. That wasn’t the problem at all, because we had expected that. The trouble was when the order was delayed, the communication seemed to have stopped. Then they would leave messages and make comments like “We just wanted to let you know that we haven’t forgotten you”. To me, it seemed pretty condescending. A simple your stuff is delayed would have been enough.
So finally May rolls around, and the only thing missing was the trim pieces. The contractor(who is an independent contractor hired by Lowe’s. While ours was good, be very wary of those places that hire outside help) decided to start the deck without those pieces, and would finish them when they came in.
So, here is the process in pictures:
This is where our problem started. It was not up to code, so we basically had to put a whole new foundation in, and then screw the kick plate into the concrete. Thanks goodness for contractors with power tools.
New foundation posts and concrete pad being framed and poured.
Two days later, it is almost finished. We were waiting for the skirting.
We started some landscaping, but I am still trying to decide what I want to do out there.
As you can see, it was a long process to get through. The deck remodel was definitely something we needed to do. Despite the delays, and the high cost, it was definitely worth it. I look forward to many, many years of enjoying our new deck.