The new deck is finished!
Let’s go back a little bit. We used to have a closed-in sun porch on the side of the house. It had a concrete floor, plank walls to hip height and glass louvres above. The compressor for the aircon was out there, and we scarcely used it except occasionally in the winter, because it was infernally hot.
You may recall I tried to beautify it a while ago with a large curtain which cut some of the heat by blocking off the compressor. That worked ok, but it didn’t do much for the fact that during the incredibly dry season we had recently, the ground under the concrete base started to shrink and the whole thing started to pull away from the house. A crack an inch wide appeared between the house and the porch. Something had to be done.
There was nothing wrong with the roof overhead. So I had fun removing all the glass from the louvres, the Husband and I demolished the walls, Bill the carpenter came and propped the roof, and Keith the excavator came and did his usual incredibly agile zooming around in his baby bobcat, and took out the concrete base. And then Bill came back and built us this.
Isn’t it lovely? As you can see, we’re ready for Christmas with a welcome wreath and twinkling lights. Such a change from that hot, dusty thing we had before. It’s cool, roomy, and has wide steps at either end. I can open the french windows in the living room and just step out. My 3 metre dining table fits out there. Which is just as well, as we’re 10 for Christmas breakfast, which is at Chiconia this year. The forecast is for pleasant, moderate temperatures, and I think it should be memorable.
It’s almost a shame we’re moving house early next year. I’m totally in love with this new deck….