|Project by jlondon||posted 07-14-2011 04:03 PM||1937 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
My wife and I purchased our home last fall and while the interior of the house was completely remodeled, the yard was in dire need of some TLC. Its a smaller city lot that came with a cracked (but structurally sound) concrete patio, a chain-link fence and a poorly graded & uneven weed patch for a lawn. We had a limited budget so the only thing we hired out was the tear-out of the lawn and fence. Deck, fences/gates, garden and lawn was all DIY.
We could’ve saved a little time & money going with a prefab fence kit but we really loved the horizontal style after seeing it online. It took me awhile to figure out a good design but once I figured it out, it was a breeze to put up. Since I used 1×6” PT pine boards for the slats, I decided to space the posts 6’ instead of 8’ to help prevent warp. I unfortunately didn’t let the wood dry completely and a few of the slats are warping but since I used a stringer on the post, I can simply unscrew 10 screws to replace it. The nice part about this system is that there’s no “ugly” side.
We discussed having the concrete patio removed and putting up a proper deck but after checking on costs and building codes, I decided to just build a floating deck on top of the concrete. Joists are 2×6” ground contact rated PT pine and spaced 18”. PT 5/4 deck boards on the top and with them still pretty wet, no gap. Since the patio was a bit uneven, I shimmed it with scrap and left a few spaces for me to jack it up to re-shim if it moves.
I’m also finishing up a Herman Miller style bench off the tall raised bed.
I ordered about 15% extra lumber since I’ve never taken on a project like this and expected some bad cuts. But I underestimated my DIY skills and had a bunch of leftovers (and a lot of leftover dirt from the landscaping). The tall raised bed wasn’t in the original plan and decided to use some of the 5/4 deck stock to build it 3’ tall and spanning the side of the deck. I realize the 5/4 stock isn’t ground contact rated but figured that if it lasts 5 years, it was worth it.
A shorter square foot gardening style bed runs along the fence and 2 raised beds in the back for our veggies.
In all, it took about a month for me to complete working nights and taking a week vacation. I estimate 90 or so hours to complete it.