Category Archives: Lake House

Lake Porch

This project has been a long time coming. Andy and I, along with Uncle Jef and Dave (Andy’s stepfather), started this project back in February. As you may have learned from the last lake house post, none of the decks were properly built at the lake house as Uncle Jef (the architect and lead builder) was not on-site when they were built. Guess you really have to be on an deck (pardon the pun) supervisor if you want things done right the first time!

As we (obviously) do not live at the lake house – unfortunately – these projects are done sporadically during weekend trips. This one took a little extra time because of the beautiful inlay that Andy designed and made at home, and then transported to the deck for final fittings and prep work.

Here is a picture of the beautiful lake house, better known as Hooligan’s Haven.


First they drew out a general layout on the plywood to get an idea of what they wanted… There may have been some drinking involved with this process.

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Next, we had to roll out roofing felt to protect the plywood and deck supports from rotting.


Once that was complete, the men started making the correct cuts and laying the wood. IMG_9479IMG_9483IMG_9484

The cedar trim was screwed in place, outlining the future inlay.


Meanwhile, the peanut gallery is sleeping on the front porch…


Once Andy brought the inlay back to the lake, he had to carefully plane all the boards to ensure that they were the same thickness. Unfortunately, as the pine was much thicker than the inlay, we had to cute around 20 pieces of roofing felt and lay that underneath the inlay to create an even surface.


Once the red oak inlay was fitted and properly in place, Andy used wood plugs that he drilled from red oak scraps from the inlay to cover the screw holes.


Once in place, Andy and I polyurethaned the entire inlay (my suggestion) instead of staining it for a natural and clean finish.

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The rest of the deck was stained with Cedar Flood.


And wa la!! The deck is finally complete! Stay tuned for a post featuring swing beds 😉IMG_0484 IMG_0485


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