In the spring of 1999 I was wanting to increase the size and usability of the deck we had off the back of our house in Bowling Green.  It had an old redwood deck that was much too small for our needs (8'x10').  Next to that deck was my 10'x10' deck that I had built for our hot tub and moved from our other home.  The new deck needed to be designed and built to bring these two spaces together.  I bought a deck design program for my PC and modified the design to suit our needs.  On a budget of $1000.00, below are pictures of the 12'x14' deck I built.
Old deck side view - click for larger viewNew deck side view - click for larger viewLeft is a side view of the old deck facing east.   Right is the same side view of the new deck (sans skirt) facing east.

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Right front of the old deck - click for larger viewRight front of the new deck - click for larger viewLeft is the right front of the old deck. And to the right is the right front of the new deck (sans skirt).

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Front view of the old deck - click for larger viewFront view of the new deck - click for larger viewLeft is the front view of the old deck and right is the front view of the new deck before the skirt was applied.
 

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Left front view of the old deck - click for larger viewLeft front view of the new deck - click for larger view Left is the left front view of the old deck.  Right is the same view of the new deck.

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Left front view of the new deck (sans skirt) - click for larger viewnewdeck11.jpg (33017 bytes)Left is a full view shot of the new deck before the skirt was attached.

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newdeck7.jpg (41672 bytes) - click for larger view Left is a shot of the stairs and bottom front of the deck after the latticework skirt was attached.  Right is the west side.

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newdeck9.jpg (42400 bytes)newdeck8'.jpg (26170 bytes) Left is a picture of the step that joined the big deck to the hot tub deck.  Right is a picture of the deck from the back yard.

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yard1.jpg (37336 bytes)newdeck10.jpg (34826 bytes) Left is a photo of our patio furniture on the deck itself.  We had plenty of space to maneuver.  In 2000, we thought it might be nice to do some additional landscaping around the deck and to build a walkway from the driveway to the back door. The picture on the above right shows the stepping stones we had in place originally.  We were constantly having to mow around them.  Below are the before and after pictures detailing the landscaping project.

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yard4.jpg (44451 bytes)yard3.jpg (36953 bytes) The pictures to the left, right and below left are the before shots.

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yard6.jpg (36943 bytes)yard5.jpg (43151 bytes)The first step was to dig out the walkway.  

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yard8.jpg (34997 bytes)yard7.jpg (35587 bytes) Once the walkway was dug out, I laid out landscape timbers, lay down a felt ground cover and replace the stepping stones.

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yard10.jpg (40350 bytes)yard9.jpg (35633 bytes) The final step on the walkway was to cover the felt with cinder rock.  Then I moved on to much the same process around the sides of the deck.

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yard12.jpg (36745 bytes)yard11.jpg (37503 bytes) These pictures show the progress of the project around the deck.

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yard14.jpg (38310 bytes)yard13.jpg (40916 bytes) The finished product is shown in these next four pictures.  

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yard16.jpg (42356 bytes)yard15.jpg (37151 bytes)

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fohouse1.jpg (34493 bytes)fohouse2.jpg (36225 bytes) These last four shots are pictures of the front of the house.

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