A Dazzling New Deck…

Project Type: Decking, Railings and Stair Treads Replacement; Two Joist Replacements; New Escutcheons for Front Porch Railings

Project Cost: @ $4,500

One of our first larger projects coming out of the Covid cave/bubble. We were somewhat sidelined for a year, only doing about 12 small to medium-sized projects—mostly for existing, long-time clients—from April 2020 to April 2021. (After all, we weren’t an ”essential business,” and we sure as heck didn’t want to catch the virus. So we laid low for awhile, for our own safety and health.)

On to the project…

This young couple in Hayes Barton had an old deck that needed some love. It was in pretty bad shape: more than a few missing and/or rotted decking boards, a few rotten joists and creaky, half-rotted rails and stairs. It was dangerous to even use the deck or stairs and the couple avoided it, especially with a toddler in the house.

Here’s the Before pics:

But this wasn’t to be a complete deck replacement, just a renewal of the existing. The bones of the overall structure were in very good shape, with a still-strong support system. There was no need to replace the support beams—which greatly (and luckily) reduced the cost of the project. Still, a hefty amount of lumber was necessary, with dozens of new decking boards and 2x4s, as well as a few 2x10s on the order.

So with the contract signed, deposit secured and lumber ordered, on the first and second days of this roughly 4 & 1/2 day project, we addressed the two rotted joists, replacing them with a couple of brand new, treated, beefy 2x10s. (The other joists were in decent shape and structurally sound, so we left them alone.)

Next up, replacing the decking boards.

Finally, on the third and fourth days, replacing the railings and stair treads, going the extra mile by routing the facing edges, to harmonize with the decking boards above.

We also did an additional, small extra that was included in the overall job: replacing the old, rotted escutcheons—attaching the front porch bottom stair railings to the railing posts—with some new ones that we hand-crafted out of PVC, an engineered plastic material, impervious to rot and insects. (This stuff isn’t cheap but it’s worth the money, and spectacular to use for most outdoor trim applications.)

So, that’s basically it! It was a great project and the clients were very happy with the final product. They could finally USE the structure, and feel good about having their child with them to enjoy it. Matter of fact, they put it to use immediately, having an afternoon beer on the new deck, as we packed up the tools.

Gotta’ love that…