We decided that rather than build a wrap around porch we would build a deck off the back and a porch off the front, so that the house can be easily moved some day if we decide we want to do that.  
 
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He started the back deck in the shop in Nampa, welding together the frame.  Not your typical deck frame.  This puppy is going to last a long, long time!
Speaking of puppy....as usual, Annie and Molly have to be part of shop duties. 

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Before...

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What would we do without the John Deer? Seems that Mike always finds a use for it while building our Tiny House.   Here he's finished the frame and deck floor and we're ready to put it in place. 

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Final touches of fitting it on the house. I had to immediately place a couple of lawn chairs on the deck...you know, make it look like a deck. :-) Next to come, the poles.

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And of course...why not use a boat trailer to haul your logs home for the poles?  Why it makes perfect sense to us.  Well, it made sense to Mike of course, then to me once he explained it.  ;-)  
We found a couple of downed trees just a few miles up the road and brought them home. 

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Debarking the logs.

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Poles in place.  My favorite is the crooked pole.  Wished we had found two like that.  We can always replace it if we find another crooked log. 

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Now Mike is constructing a box to cover the tongue of the trailer.  It will also serve as a nice little built in table for our deck.  

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After...

The box finished and in place and a coat of deck stain slapped on.  Finally, no more ugly trailer tongue showing.   We've since had dinner out on the deck and love having the box there to set our plates on.  Not to mention the gorgeous view we have from our deck.  It doesn't get much better than that.  

While Mike worked on the deck, I applied a new coat of Cabot siding protectant on the entire house.  It looks all shiny and brand new again.   
Next on our project list, Mike is going to make his own skirting for the house and then on to the front porch. He plans on using steel straps to construct the skirting rather than your typical lattice panels.  He wants something a little less flammable than wood or plastic lattice panels.  We're loving our deck so far! 
 


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01/25/2012 09:13

will come back before long

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09/02/2012 13:22

Fine article dude

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09/05/2012 07:16

It needs much time and effort when it comes to constructing or even just remodeling a house, especially when you want to make it something special. I wish you guys to finish that chores great. I suggest you to add skirting board in your home, it adds beauty.

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Lisa
09/06/2012 08:11

Thanks! Yes...it has taken much time but it is all worth it. We do plan to add skirting around the bottom to finish it off but we are holding off on doing that until we are done and no longer need to have access under the house. We do have some skirting up around the back deck at this point and it does look great. Thanks for the comment!

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02/28/2013 03:21

What an excellent transformation this is inspiring for work in my own house

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02/28/2013 03:22

This is certainly one way to get around the legality of planning permission, maybe you don't need a lawyer for such things?!

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02/28/2013 03:23

This reminds me of building a website, you need to be creative, imaginative, but still sticking to what works!

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