|Project by Napaman||posted 07-22-2010 07:25 PM||5833 views||8 times favorited||21 comments|
Fluidity Contest Note: While you may not see motion—-you have to imagine beautiful vines that will grow and blow in the evening napa winds…this project was literally built this week—-so no vines to show yet…but once there are vines this project (i think ) will fit the “fluidity”...not to mention that this week my wife and I celebrate 10 great years—-and we built this side by side from start to finish which was a lot of fun—-can you see the fluidity in the communiation we had over the last four days?
The Build: This week we returned from our summer trip and instead of returning to my sail boat build decided to finally build a project that I have thought about for several years. In the end it took us 4 days from start to finish…
A few years ago my step son and I built this deck ... and the plan had always been to finish it with a trellis to add privacy to our yard. The problem was that I did not want to dig post holes in the space that the trellis would go…and so I came up with this design…I came up with a “sandwiched” post series. The posts of the trellis straddle of the joists in the back of the deck.
I was very worried that this would not be strong enough to support growing vines so then I came up with adding the bench which looks great but also becomes a very important structural component to the overall design.
We used copper piping to bridge the trellis supports…and it looks super nice in the evenings as the sun shines on it…you see the deck is in a perfect spot to sit back and watch the sunset…thus another good reason for the bench…
One of the best parts was when my neighbor looked out the window and could not believe that I came up with the design…I really like that part of the project…the double 2×4’s with the trimmed top piece, the copper and the bench really look nice and unique—-i lamented for several years whether I should just go out and buy some sheets of lattice…now I am super glad I never did that…this ended up super nice…maybe our best yet!
The first two pictures are overall shots…I wish the copper shined the way it does in person.
Pictures 3 and 4 show the “sandwich” structure…we put 1/2 inch by 6 inch long bolts through the trellis and bench supports…there was quite a bit of “fluidity”in the trellis at this point…but I knew with the bench it would all become more rigid…
Picture 5 is another overall shot…except for the scraps and hose in the shot I like it because it shows the dry creek we put in last winter flowing to the deck…and the dirt around shows the last remaining area of our two year back yard makeover…or 3 years???
Last photo shows the nice wide bench…and the opening for the vines where we will put a nice pot down inside…or build a planter box inside…but I think a nice square, colorful pot will look really nice…
THANKS TO MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE SARAH…I really enjoyed building this with you…I think it turned out super nice and may be the nicest project so far!
-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007