Deck Renovation Design Plan: What We Learned From Big Little Lies

May 1, 2017 in Design Plans

As the daughter of a farmer I should never, ever, complain about too much rain but 2-3 dry days in a row would really help us out a bit. We started working on the deck as the next project in mid-April and have hit somewhat of a standstill due to the rain. I actually started working on the budget for another project (indoors) just to see if there was any way to get a head start on that. So pending the weather….here is our next design plan!

This is what we are working with people. It is a pretty large deck – our deck at our last house was so small you had to move the dining table just to get around to sit down. From how it is built I believe the farther side near the fireplace was an addition. The deck honestly could use a huge overhaul but it is just not in the budget for us and we want it up and running to enjoy all summer. So our goals are budget friendly and timeline friendly.

Overall the base of the deck is structurally sound, it could just use a little TLC. The lattice railing definitely has to go. The railing is up to code but if we learned anything from Big Little Lies (the book, not the show) it is to make sure your deck railing has got its s#!* together! The top handrail is rotted and you could easily kick your foot through that lattice – it is about a 10 foot drop to the bottom. No Elvis and Audrey parties will be happening on this deck until that railing is good to go!

See the handrailings? Totally warped and practically falling off. There is also some lattice at the bottom the stairs so we will have to figure out how to piece that section together as well. (Also Camp was so drama when taking these pictures – he seriously tried to inch his way into every single one!)

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I was going to do a collage of what I am actually going to use but since we plan on thrifting the majority of the items we don’t actually know what we are going to end up with. These two pictures are probably the most accurate of what I’m going for. Lots of white, bright, modern, and bohemian accents.

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I love all the plants they have in these photos too. Planters and hanging plants are definitely a priority. I also love all the seating options. We have enough space for a dining set, a grilling area, a drink station, and a lounging area.

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We plan on building a pergola over the lounge area and I have already ordered two of the hanging chairs! We have our base plan down for actual deck renovation – we are painting the new railing white and the base of the deck light blue to match the house – but everything decor and furnishing related is totally up in the air. We are going to rely mostly on craigslist and the thrift store to get us through! It’s a little exciting not knowing exactly how it is going to turn out. Stay tuned to see updates on the deck resurfacing, rebuilding the railing, and the final reveal!

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  • Reply Talli Kratochvil May 2, 2017 at 4:06 am

    I’m excited to see the finished project! 🙂

  • Reply Becky grosser May 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    LOVE your deck and looks like you have some great plans. Here even on the Facebook garage sales lots of people post either leftover fence and rails os even just pallets!? They do some awesome things with pallets. Abby has put several to great use! Several of my nephews and grandchildren in and sround St Jo so be safe.

  • Reply Julia F May 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I CANNOT WAIT to see how this turns out! I know it’s going to look amazing!

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