Old House New Deck

I’m still not really up to blogging extensively … but I’ve been asked about this numerous times. So here goes … a short review in pictures of last years construction project … a new deck, attached to the old house, which serves as an intermediate space between inside and outside and as a summer kitchen … a place to be,

It started by clearing out the space from the old and rotting benches and table which sat there and served us well for the first few years. It required quite a bit of touch manual excavation littered with stubborn tree roots:
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some measuring and layout, responding to the natural shape of the place and characteristics of construction materials:

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Leveling and placement of of forms for concrete pads (most of the concrete was underground):

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Construction materials arrive:

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A structure starts to appear:

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… a framed roof:

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… roof tiles going on:

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a space starts to become a place

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… framing a floor:

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… putting in the floor itself:

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… and a place is born:

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some “utilities” are gradually added … cooking rocket stoves:

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… and a grill:

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… including an experiment cob counter-top   (made of the same soil dug out from under the deck:

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Update: a view from the plan … what was built was fairly true to what I planned:

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