In June 2004 my small family moved into a new home. The backyard was landscaped simply with some roll on turf and paving. After spending several weeks designing a layout for the yard we decided that building a deck around the garden shed we had put in would add both visual interest to the garden as well as creating a pleasing multi level effect.
The idea of building a deck was exciting to me, and would be far and away the most ambitious external construction project I had attempted. Deck building is several steps beyond constructing timber fences and privacy screens that I had done before. I decided that to help track my ideas and efforts that went into the deck building that I would keep a small diary of the whole project. And this is it.
I'm planning to have the main section of the deck finished before January 26. This is quite quick (for me) considering I can only spend 6-8 hrs a week on it. There's also a lot of ancilliary work required such as installing some solenoid irrigation valves, running electricity to the garden shed, and hopefully installing some lighting in the surface of the deck.