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a small back deck

My back door leads to some pretty pathetic stairs. When I bought the house one of the conditions of the sale was that the seller wasn’t responsible for the “soft” back stairs and that the buyer (me) would likely have to replace those stairs immediately after purchase. Fast forward 7 years and the same soft stairs remain, only softer and more apt to crack under the weight of a human with each passing season.

My plan is to build a simple 3ft x 5ft back deck with about 5 stairs to the ground level. This would all be done in treated wood. I’m hoping to gather the help of my brother for this—but we’ll see if I can sucker him into it.

One benefit is that my back door is within 3 feet of my kitchen. I envision a simple barbeque on that little deck for outdoor grilling or room for 2 small chairs for cold beer on a hot summer evening.


A deck, ahh...

We had an extra door put into our house in 2000 when it was built that was part of a poorly conceived plan to connect the house and the garage. Result, we have a door above a 4 foot drop, almost like in the cartoons. A much better plan came to me to connect the garage (which has an office above it where I work) with the house using a deck. But the project has been in super slow motion. Hopefully the second bid next week will work out for our budget. It’s great to hear someone making progress on this goal. It’s so sweet to have a nice deck for outdoor fun.

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Good point, Norm. I think I’ll probably have to go 4×5 or 4×4 - there’s a lot of room contraints (I live in the city!). But I think you’re completely right - I should make it as big as possible with the space I have to work with. The 8’ lumber math should play into that if I can help it.

I like the big tub-o-ice w/ beverages—that’ll be my reward.

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