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A Deck and Then Some

I think the image below pretty much sums up our plans for some outdoor living space
It all started with our back deck.  It was small, the steps were too tall for crippled old dogs and five of the six support posts had rotted off.  We decided to tear it down and start fresh.
We wanted a large outdoor living space and composite decking is expensive.  So we came up with the idea of a small deck that led down to a larger patio behind the garage.  We would have space to bbq on the deck and still have room for a patio set and fireplace on the patio.  A 12x18 patio would give us plenty of space, but the concrete delivery was free if we upped the order to four yards.  So we decided to extend the pad in front of the deck to make room for a hot tub. 

This bumped our outdoor living space from 96 sq ft to 412 sq ft, which seems huge at the moment.

The deck is 12'8" long, but the decking comes in 12' lengths so we put a picture frame around the perimeter to avoid having any seams.
It's not done yet, I still need to build a surround and we've decided to add railings, even though the deck is only 28" tall.  Still, it looks much nicer than the old one ever did.

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