As a project in progress that's good advice regarding the space/size considerations, thanks.This deck makes me and my wife very happy, so much so that our only regret is that it is too cold this time of year to use it. We eat supper on it every day weather allows and look forward to doing that in the new year.
I designed the deck in 1993 and a contractor built it that year. I had read that when planning the size of a deck, it's easy to make one that is far too small because the feel of an outdoor living space is different from an indoor space. The book I read recommended having a party in the yard and tying balloons to objects to indicate the perimeter of the deck to be built; once the party was in progress, you could move the balloons until you achieved the ideal size and shape of the planned deck.
I didn't have a party and I didn't use balloons but I did mark the perimeter of the planned deck. It's a darned good thing I did that because, otherwise, the deck would have been way too small. Once I moved the objects to indicate the perimeter of a larger deck, my wife and I were satisfied. Indeed, the deck has been the perfect size over the last three decades relative to our entertaining needs and the size of the house and property.
Does anyone wanna guess the objects I used to mark the perimeter of the planned deck?
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