|Supplies have been acquired|
|Drywall starts to go up, insulation is in there|
|Drywall is installed|
|There's mud on them walls|
Time to get back outside while we wait for the mud to dry.
|The first ledger board is installed and flashed!|
|This is the existing pergola after all of the greenery around it had been cut down|
I wish I had gotten some better "before" pictures. But the azaleas took up about three feet on the side with the door, about eight feet on the back side, and a full row of them on the far side as well. They had grown from small, compact shrubs that accented the pergola into large choking bushes that killed the grass and overtook everything else planted nearby. That angel statue was completely hidden by shrubs.
Inside the pergola the furniture we had used on our last screened-in porch was completely rotten out and unusable. The stone patio had sunken in place into an uneven tripping hazard, but since it was completely covered in rotting leaves and dirt that was ok. It was completely unusable because we didn't take very good care of it. The pergola had to go
|back side, note the angel statue|
|Almost gone, note the stacked chairs that are rotten|
|The poles came down and there's a fresh stack of pressure treated lumber there now|
|Got the steps crumbled only to find a rotten floor joist behind that concrete|
|Rotten wood is replaced and the entire ledger board is hung & flashed|
This is how I left it on June 30. The first couple of stairs were down, that rain barrel was gone. Chris got the rotten wood replaced in the morning, the office closed down early for the holiday so I got to hang the entire ledger board for level 1 and level 2, the only parts that attached directly to the house.
Funny thing was the level 1 board was attached to the dining room door, and level 2 was attached to the kitchen door. They are on the same floor of the house, yet you have to take one step down between levels of the deck. crazy!
Day 1 of the July 4th build out is coming up next.