Just in time for Christmas

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….


58 thoughts on “Just in time for Christmas

  1. tialys says:

    Well, that will make for a lovely alfresco dining area this Christmas.
    What will happen to the quilt now?

  2. Caz says:

    you’ll just have to make sure you get a deck in your new place !!

  3. craftycreeky says:

    Looks fab, have a great Christmas on your new deck 🙂

  4. claire93 says:

    looks lovely for family meals in the shade!
    question: for the F2F blocks in February, will you already be in new house?

    • katechiconi says:

      The settlement date on the new house is 19th February, but we may not move in immediately, and we’ll have mail forwarding in place anyway, so I think you’d be safe to send it to the current adress 🙂

  5. KerryCan says:

    That’s amazing transformation–what a shame to leave it behind! I’m glad you’ll get to enjoy it over Christmas and whoever lives in the house next will love it!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s lovely, and is so much better than the sad, hot space that was there before. I’m glad the new house has a lovely covered deck too, I’m wondering how we managed without all this time!

  6. Nice! I’m sure the new owners will love it. 🙂

  7. Looks so cool and inviting! Yes, so nice you will be able to enjoy it over Christmas.

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    I think I have balcony envy.

  9. kathyreeves says:

    That is a lovely porch, it would be a win anywhere in world! I’m going to send your blocks early, I’m going to try and finish by Christmas.

  10. Lynda says:

    “It’s almost a shame we’re moving house early next year. I’m totally in love with this new deck….”

    My thoughts exactly! But hey, it will be a terrific selling feature to a prospective buyer. So lovely, Kate.

  11. Dayphoto says:

    I so love your new deck! It will be great to sit on and read a book, do handwork have a bite to eat!

  12. Nanette says:

    Nothing like a big open breezy all-purpose Queensland verandah. It’s wonderful and has given you a whole new space, and I love that you can have your doors from the living area open to it.

  13. anne54 says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas breakfast sitting with people you love in this cool and gorgeous space. And may there be many more Christmases on the deck of your new house. xox

  14. I really liked the enclosed sunroom but the new deck looks fabulous. Well done 👍

    • katechiconi says:

      The sunroom would have been great on the shaded side of the house but became unbearable in the summer, plus, you know, falling apart. This is a positive asset to the house, I think, and we’ll enjoy using it till it’s time to move on.

  15. It turned out beautifully. I can see why you hate to leave it. What prompted the move in the first place? I do not envy anyone that has to move. Happy Christmas and enjoy all the good the New Year will bring you.

    • katechiconi says:

      What prompted the move is my hatred of cleaning rooms we don’t use and climbing stairs with heavy loads in my arms, plus the Husband’s dislike of spending almost an entire day of his precious time off cutting grass, quite a lot of which we can’t even see from the house! We’re downsizing and moving to a smaller, cooler place (also with a nice covered deck), which has big playrooms for both of us!

  16. magpiesue says:

    It’s lovely! What a great place to have Christmas breakfast. 🙂 Hope you’ll be able to find a place to hang or use the quilt in the new house. It’s too pretty to be put away somewhere.

  17. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Wow !! that looks really pretty !! Have a great Christmas Kate !

  18. lucyannluna says:

    Looks fantastic, it must be nice to sit & admire the garden

  19. Wow – it looks fantastic. I’m sure it will be a great draw when you are selling the house and at least you get to use it for your big Christmas gathering this year.

  20. Lovely new space. Enjoy it for the short while you are there and Merry Christmas Kate.

  21. It’s gorgeous! I imagine it’ll be hard to leave but it may be what sells the house too. Bravo!

  22. Catherine says:

    This looks like a wonderful area. I’m sure there will be many happy memories made there.

  23. Dimitri says:

    Your garden looks beautiful, don’t you like to grow some night blooming jasmine varieties there ? I think a beautiful garden should have some fragrance night blooming flowers.

  24. how gorgeous. Congratulations on creating such a welcoming area. Enjoy, and good luck with the move!!

  25. I almost missed this post, Kate. Your new and improved deck is gorgeous. I’m so glad you’ll get to enjoy it for a little while before your move, and I’m sure these changes will contribute to a robust interest in your house. Best of luck with the move. Moves are stressful but can be exciting, too.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m loving it, and sitting out there every chance I get. It’s certainly more of an asset to the house than the previous wonky old item! I’m not too worried about the move; after emigrating, sticking things in boxes to go 10km down the road is fairly minor, even if it’s messy…

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