Lake House Deck

OK, while it’s not technically our little house in Atlanta, it is a family property that Andy and I contributed our expansive (cough cough) DIY knowledge.

Andy’s family has a beautiful lake house on Lake Sinclair that his uncle designed and he helped build several years back. The house is absolutely amazing, but because of funds, they ended up having to half-ass a couple of things (like this deck).

The workers who originally built the deck decided to use non-pressure treated wood while Andy’s uncle was not supervising. Gives you little faith in workers, right? So over the past few years, the family has just been kind of trying to shore up the deck as best as possible until they had the time and resources to redo it.

That’s where we come in. I wish I had taken a picture of the deck pre-fixup, but by the time we arrived they had already ripped the top off. Just take my word for it when I say it was BAD. Rotting boards bad. Andy has helped build decks before, but I have not, so this was definitely a fun learning experience for me! It’s labor intensive and requires perfect cuts on the saw, but it was actually pretty straight forward and fun! It was definitely a little hot…

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After replacing a few of the support beams that had rotted, we laid down all new ply wood followed by several layers of felt roof deck protection (tar paper). We then had to chalk across the paper to mark where the beams were to ensure that the planks of the deck were properly screwed into the beams. After that, we started laying the pressure treated wood down! Easy peasy, right?!

This past weekend we returned to finish the job with cedar stain. I think it turned out pretty damn well! deck




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