I have new home improvements on the horizon. I’m so excited.
When we bought the house back in August of 2013 it was a mess. It was a foreclosure house that needed a lot of help. We tore off 1/3 of the house and added on a lot. It wasn’t a rags to riches story as we ran out of money and the riches didn’t happen.
It was totally okay as my husband kept on doing the home improvements until his passing in 2019. At that time, I paid off the house and have been slowly doing some of the improvements that he never got to.
Last year I got the back unattached garage shingled and sided. This year I got the bathroom on the main floor fixed. I’m so happy with those improvements.
Now it’s time to start working towards the next goal. I want to finish the back deck on the house.
Here is a picture of how it currently looks. (Mess courtesy of grandkids). What you see is what we added to the house. The bottom door goes into my kitchen. The upper door goes into my sewing room. We had to put that door there as there was no way to get our big antique furniture up the stairs as the turn at the stair landing is too narrow and tight. There is really no way to get things upstairs except for that outer door.
So…that’s why the big beam is there to attach a deck to. It’s been like that since we built the house. What an eye sore!
At the time we finished the rest of the house, as I said, we were out of money and out of any energy it would take to tackle the project.
After Kramer died I made a list of projects that I wanted to get done. As soon as one is done, I start planning for the next. I figure it’s the only way I’ll get them done. On my list of projects to do, this is next. So…now it’s time for me to tackle this and get the deck put on.
Kalissa suggested I contact a local gal and see if she could draw up plans. She did and I’ve been pouring over them trying to see what might work and what I liked.
Heidi came to my house. She took some pictures and measurements and then listened to me as far as what I might be interested in.
I listed these things as what I wanted…
-to get furniture up and down
-possibly planter boxes
Later we messaged her and said a porch swing.
She did two different designs.
This is the first one…
This was okay…but I didn’t love it.
There were components I liked but nothing was WOW!!
Then I opened the second set of designs and I was VERY EXCITED!!
Here is the second set of designs. This one has a big upper deck with the porch swing below. This sold me immediately. When we lived at the farm, we had a porch swing that was similar to how this is laid out. We loved it and used it all of the time. Yep…this was the one I would make work.
I talked with the family and looked over the yard. We made the decision that we didn’t want to do the fire ring. It would go out pretty far into the yard and take up an awful lot of space. Right now that space is better served by kids.
The rest of this design is what I’m going with except for a few tweaks.
At the top of the stairs, there will be a bigger landing area and the stairs will start back a little further to make it easier to move furniture. That will put the stairs a little further into the lawn area so we’ll likely add more cement and make the patio area bigger.
We’ll likely reposition the planter boxes and extend the privacy fence out too. It’s mostly little tweaks. I’ll make sure to have gates at the top and bottom of the stairs too. Again…there won’t be a fire ring area.
At the middle landing on the stairs, I’ll have them make it so that the section of rail can be removed so furniture can come out there easier.
I sent in my added ideas to Heidi the designer and hopefully, I’ll be hearing back from her soon. I went ahead and got on the contractor’s list…I’m guessing it won’t happen until next summer but that’s okay. I have time to save some money. This one isn’t going to be cheap.
I’m super excited about the prospect. This is probably going to be the project that costs the largest amount of money. I’m okay with that as it’s really going to be a big improvement that I will enjoy the rest of my days at this home.
I actually am taking this as a big improvement for the kids and family too. I just know we will use this area so much more.
So tell me what you think? Are there other changes you would make? This is my chance to get this right!! I don’t want to regret any choices so please leave a comment and let me know how you would tackle this project.