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Old 06-26-2009, 03:12 PM   #46
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That looks beautiful. You did a great job!

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Old 06-26-2009, 10:48 PM   #47
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I'm curious as to sod over pit-run gravel, will that root? Looks like your almost there. Be safe, G
It definately won't root, and it will never grow, it's artificial turf
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Looks good for artificial turf

I have a 2nd driveway, 3/4" rock down, then stone dust packed down
Grass & crap still grows & weed, pulls up fairly easy unless it gets big
Like when it rains for 24 days out of 28
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I thought it it looked a little off....... Are those artificial weeds in that artificial dirt? lol Be safe, G
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Lighting test, kinda sucks that I got the step light leds last year from a different source, and then the new ones this year don't match, but it is what it is, don't feel like replacing the trex boards for new ones with better matching lights




Wife wants to do one of those hanging bamboo outdoor light sets on the pergola to help out there, I wanna do led's, we'll see what happens (or who wins)
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good work!

What did you use to fill the seams in the granite?
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good work!

What did you use to fill the seams in the granite?
Thanks! I used grout, and a commercial grade sealer
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Nice work.

What finish did you put on that cedar?
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Nice work.

What finish did you put on that cedar?
I used a "natural tone" outdoor sealer/stain, can't say I'm all that impressed with it either, it looks nice, but after the one season on the pergola there are a couple spots I'd like to touch up.


Got a few more plants in and I painted the house, pretty much done with it all now. Time to sit back and relax.




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Phase 2 (the BBQ) begins now. Starting with the existing area, I noticed some nice grease stains from last year Gonna try and cover them up




Test fitting the barbeque, I went this route since I can't afford the 2 grand for a built in bbq, figure I'll make one myself

Mini fridge will go in the left side


I knew the left over trex would come in handy someday

More pics coming, the bbq area is one of three parts that I'd like to do under the phase II plan, really depends on time and ambition. I'd like to build a serving bar between the pergola posts closest to the bbq area, and also a small cedar awning over the bbq.
Great job on your deck, I built one with composite (EverX) deckboards about 6 years ago and is still looks great. Zero maintenance unlike my neighbor who power washed and re-stains his wood deck every year. One question I have, what did you do with all the leftover offcuts? I have a pile of 12" - 16" pieces in my basement that I have to get rid of as I'm finishing the basement. I hate to to put them in the garbage so they end up in a landfill.
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Great job on your deck, I built one with composite (EverX) deckboards about 6 years ago and is still looks great. Zero maintenance unlike my neighbor who power washed and re-stains his wood deck every year. One question I have, what did you do with all the leftover offcuts? I have a pile of 12" - 16" pieces in my basement that I have to get rid of as I'm finishing the basement. I hate to to put them in the garbage so they end up in a landfill.
I ended up using the left overs to line the inside of the bbq storage area, I still have a bit left, thought about making a planter or two out of them.
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Very Nice work. Creative and well laid out.

Great pictures.

Thanks for posting everything.
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Wow that deck is amazing...you should be very proud of your work. Just curious as to what your budget was and final total for materials?
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Wow that deck is amazing...you should be very proud of your work. Just curious as to what your budget was and final total for materials?
Oh geez, I din't want to spend over 4500 on the deck, but that was before I really got started, I think ~5000-5500, but there's some tools etc, I bought with that too. The bbq area and grass were done this summer, The bbq and fridge were a bit, but I sold some bbq's to pay for the one I bought. Probably a grand for the cedar and granite. If I hadn't diy, I'd probably still have an old concrete patio back there, I never got any quotes to see the cost, but I figure it would be a lot more than that
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Awesome work. I was curious as to what kind of tree that is as you come off the deck next to the stairs, the small red one. Thanks

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