DIY Reclaimed Deck

Last week we decided to take out the 50-year-old cracked patio in the back yard. That experience was a story within itself with four hundred pound pieces of concrete, blowing tires on the highway and a case of poison ivy. Read about it Here.


With a pile of concrete left over at the bottom of the stairway, it was hard for the dogs to get into the backyard to “do their business” so we had to come up with a plan ASAP. I have been wanting a deck in the backyard for a long time, so we started pricing it out. Well, to be honest, it just wasn’t in the budget. So I started looking around and found a bunch of reclaimed deck boards that someone was just looking to get rid of…..for free!! So we got in the van and went for a 15 minute drive to pick it up. There was a lot of it πŸ™‚

Jack driving

We managed to get most of the long pieces in the van by piling them between the seats. Not sure if this is legal, but it was very uncomfortable and made for an awkward drive home.

While the lumber was in the van, Jack tried to close the back door and…..well……

Broken window

Any project of ours has to include something breaking, so we now have two nice spider web cracks in our windshield that we have to get fixed this week. I am assuming this happened because we got the deck for free….and the world though “wait….they really should have to pay something for this deck” So now we have to buy a new windshield. Que Sera Sera.

Since we decided to leave some of the rubble under the deck to help with drainage and discourage weeds from growing up, we ran the eaves down under the deck into the stones.


Almost time for cocktails on the new deck! Just have to finish laying the planks, put up the railings and paint!



3 thoughts on “DIY Reclaimed Deck

  1. Looks great so far! Just a thought (and forgive me for giving unsolicited advice) but since the deck isn’t very high off the ground, you can most likely get away without a railing – it may cause the deck to look small and feel awkward. Hope I’m not out of line mentioning this. Either way, you’ve really improved things and should be very proud. Cheers!

    1. Thanks so much for your thoughts. I always welcome advice πŸ™‚
      We are only putting the railings along the back corner which is where the table and chairs are going. This will help stop any of the chairs from sliding off the deck (I am just clumsy enough to be the one to fall ass over tea kettle onto the lawn during dinner)
      As for the potted plants, I think that is a great idea! I cannot wait to get to the point where I can worry about the “decor” of the new deck. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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