Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Deck Dreams

Not to sound like a broken record here, but work is still crazy (everyone on my team is in baby-land - which makes me totally happy and excited for them!!  Just a little busy too..).  So for lack of inspiration, here is a cool tool Tony recently found.

As mentioned here,  we want to add a deck to our backyard.  Something that will take up space and will not require watering.  Decks can't die, take that stupid dead grass!  Need I remind you of this conundrum? 

Lowes has a pretty cool Deck Designer, where you can actually adjust the exact dimensions you want, add railing, stairs, fire pit holes, etc - and it spits out a 3D version of the deck, and a detailed list of all of the materials you will need, down to the screw.  Granted, it told us we needed hurricane straps for our 12in-off-the-ground deck... but you can't say they aren't thorough...

I wish I could bob my head, Jeanie-style, and this would magically appear in our backyard.  Maybe then our dogs - and carpets - wouldn't look like the woodlands.  A girl can dream.

Has anyone actually used this to build a real-life deck?  Or any other tool like this?  I'm hoping if I build a plan, the deck will come... once we save a ton of money slowly over time and I convince Tony to spend a month building it...


  1. I've never built a deck (I'm still apartment bound) but I can say that deck looks awesome! What a great spot for summer parties!


  2. I'll trade you my gigantic deck for your yard space. Or better yet, you could give me ideas on what to do with my big empty deck/tiny yard in exchange for some very valuable Lyla kisses... eh eh eh??

  3. Dude, this is a pretty sweet tool. I'm totally gonna check it out. Our back yard is begging for a deck that hopefully in 3 or 4 years can actually be put on. Otherwise, I refuse to step foot in my backyard.

  4. Yeah, there's a similar tool at Menards and it's what we used to plan and build our deck. (Do I have to tell you that I use "we" liberally? Ryan did it all.) If you have any questions, I"m sure he'd be happy to answer them. In the broad realm of home improvement projects, it definitely wasn't the hardest or most expensive. But, our deck is also really really simple.

    Good luck!

  5. This is great to know about Deck Designer. I love this post.


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