I'm happy to report that the deck is done!
Last I left off, I had posted a montage of the progress made in one week. The photos were all taken from my office window. Then the monsoon that was June descended and the operation got covered in a tarp at least 2 out of 3 days.
Once the platform was finished, the stairs got added:
Then it was time to take it up a notch with a corner pergola.
As I may have mentioned, we have a view of a NOT lovely parking lot just behind us. Adding a pergola gives us a structure to grow some pretty vines and obstruct the view. It will also create some lovely shade in this full southern exposure area. Its going to take a few years but the vines + the trees we planted at the back should do a nice job in blocking out the bad.
Then the rails...
Finishing touches on the pergola
Put it all together.
If you're wondering what those white circles are on the deck, its these recessed puck lighting things. Our contractor recommended them and they look very cool at night. Its a little thing but glams it up a bit.
We also added these sconces for the general lighting back there. I was a bit disappointed with the finish (the picture made me think they would be more brass and these are bronze) but I didn't see them until it was too late to replace. Not terrible, I just don't love them.
I'll mention now that I absolutely HATE the color the back of the house is painted. This got done while we were renovating the rest of the house and it was not a battle I wanted to pick. But its peachiness still irritates me. I'd love to add some kind of simple mural around the door here but I'm not sure what would work since there isn't that much blank wall space to work with AND I'm not that great of a painter.
So its all finished - at least in terms of construction. It still needs a bit of TLC when it comes to furnishing and accessorizing. I added a coat of rustoleum to my craig's list marble table yesterday and put it in place but I can't find chairs to work with it to save my life.
Any suggestions for chairs or anything else to make it a bit more homey out here? Of course I need some life (plants!) and I'd like to hang something chandelier like from the pergola to add some drama. But I'm on a major budget so cheapskate suggestions only please :)