Our Deck Remodel

I hope all of you had a really nice Labor day weekend.  We laid low pretty much but did have some friends over for dinner Saturday night. I didn't go out much because it's been so humid and heavy outside.

I don't do humid....it completely depletes me of all energy!

The Charmer's deck was added about 17 years ago (was single) and we remodel three years ago. This spring we did another remodel.

Our deck after the first remodel...

1929 Charmer Deck

We were so happy how it turned out.  But there was one thing I've always wanted to have...

A covered porch....always, always, always wanted one.  Well that's not gonna happen!

Early this Spring Mr. C and I decided we would cover the deck.  Yippee!!!

In IL it can rain often and then not at all.  It was a hassle to run out and pull the linens off and toss cushions in a bench for cover.

Our uncovered deck...

Deck with columns

We removed everything from the deck, that was the easy part.  The first task was to remove the Green Ash tree that stood 2 feet off the neighbors fence, see arrow.

Green Ash Tree

It was a beautiful Green Ash tree... When the deck was first built I liked having the tree on the deck for shade.  I didn't think about how big  it would get.  Over the years we've had to "cut" away the deck to accommodate its grown.

With the Emerald Ash Borer (only affects Green Ash trees)  infiltrating the U.S in 2002 we've been having it treated every year, costing $100 a treatment.  It has devastated the Ash tree colony in the U.S.

If our Green Ash tree wasn't surrounded by our deck we would of kept it, it is a lovely tree.

So down she came two weeks before Easter (see how far behind I am)...

Tree Trimmer

I was sad to see her go..

Tree Stump beging cut down

All that was left was the tree stump and it was removed.  I'll tell you something funny...that same day I was walking on the deck and forgot the tree was gone, with boards removed, and I fell through the board that is sticking up by the screen.   I am truly a bull in a china shop!

The guys did a really good job and did a nice job cleaning the mess up.

The next hurdle was replacing a rotten column and adding a new one.

Deck with columns

A new column is being added by the white arrow in between the two other ones.  The front column has a lot of wood rot and we'll replace with structural columns to carry the extra load bearing weight.

The next step was the biggest hurdle...

Deck Pregola

leveling the existing pergola (very old photo before first remodel) by the two arrows. There was a "dip" in the top railing which prevented us from being able to put the roof on.  The arbor rafters also needed to be extended out further.

We were really lucky with who we hired, he also put in our vintage railing in the kitchen.

A new wooded header was built around the whole outside of the deck.

New Pergola header

And the new rafters extended out..

New deck rafters

you can see it better from our bedroom window. Our bedroom is above and to the left of the deck (from this view).  The shadow is the little one...she watched them work all day long...

The Little One Cat

We chose white metal barn roofing.  I was nervous about using it, so many were telling us, that it would be loud especially when it rains.  But I love the sound when I'm sitting on the deck, or when we're in bed, and it's raining.  To me it's a very soothing sound.

It was so exiting when they finally started putting up roofing.

Barn Metal Roofing

The Little One and I watched them for days working on it until it was completed.

eck with Barn metal roofing

Once it was done we painted all the rafters a very pretty light blue.

We are so happy and it's so great to sit out here when it rains. We don't need to run inside anymore!

I'll be sharing the reveal soon.

How many reveals do I owe you?  I think 3...deck, kitchen and master bedroom.

All in good time.


Late August Garden Flowers

Today it finally cooled off!  It wasn't temperature hot but very, very, very humid outside which just depletes me!

After sitting awhile in my secret garden sitting area I decided to walk around and take photos of our late August garden flowers


I came inside to grab my camera and headed out the front door.

Zinnias in a flower pot on our front porch. She's already had her luscious blooms and is heading into her seeding phase.  I'll have plenty of seeds to gather in Fall.

The next few photos are in my front yard...

Double Impatients

Double Inpatients in a container


Cottage Phlox

White and Pink Pentas

Pink and White Pentas in front of a Japanese Maple

Endless Summer Hydrangea

Endless Summer Hydrangea.  I don't know what' up this summer...but these are the first blooms I've had on the Hydrangea and none on 3 in the backyard.

I am not a big fan of Endless Summer and think I'll pull them out next summer.

Dahlia Bloom

We're in the sun garden room now....a gorgeous Dahlia bloom behind a birdbath

Helianthus, Sunflower, Phlox

The yellow is a Helianthus (perennial sunflower) and the deeper yellow is a Black Eyed Susan and then pink Phlox

Porcelain Berry Vine

The Porcelain Berry Vine (grape family) is in berry phase. The berry colors are spectacular and the birds LOVE them.

Heirloom Balsam

Heirloom Balsam (Inpatient)

Pink Phlox

Pink Phlox

Japanesse Maple

A Japanese Maple starting to turn to it's fall color


We are in the secret garden area....Chelome, a great fall shade perennial


Closeup of Chelome flower

Dahlia Bloom

Dahlia Bloom

Shasta Daisy Bloom

A remaining Shasta Daisy bloom


Cosmos annual

Pink Zinnia

Pink Zinnia and beautiful seed heads set on the left




Common Inpatients

I hope you enjoyed this late August Garden Flower's.

It's hard to think in a few months this will all be done!


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