Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be a part of THE One Room Challenge for spring 2021 as a guest participant! This is my first time taking part in the challenge, which I’ve been a fan of for years. A little about the ORC-this is a biannual event sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens showcasing both featured designers as well as hundreds of guest participants across blogs and Instagram. The challenge typically runs for 6 weeks, but due to the pandemic the event has been extended to 8 weeks in order to give participants a little extra time for completion.
The mastermind behind this amazing event is Linda Weinstein, who started the ORC back in 2011 as a means of creating an online community of support among friends. Since that time the challenge has grown by leaps and bounds to become what it is today. This is so encouraging to me as a newcomer as I could use all the support I can get! The reasons for my own participation this year are multi-fold, but primarily as a way for me to get eyes on my blog, still in its infancy, and also to hold myself accountable to actually complete a project I set out to do.
With all of that said, let’s rip the band-aid off and see what we’re working with here.
The Deck In Its Current State
For years now I’ve been wanting to give our deck some much needed TLC, but there was always more important home matters to attend to, not the fun aesthetic improvements, but the necessary ones.
I had envisioned expanding the deck out another 6 or so feet in order to better accommodate both an outdoor sectional and dining set. I also wanted to have composite decking installed with new vinyl or aluminum railings and perhaps even a pergola.
Well, prior to 2020 we had a few estimates roll in that left me feeling a little disheartened. The cost was much higher than I had anticipated, even with scrapping the composite decking for treated wood. And these were preCovid prices. It seemed like the contractors we contacted each felt it was easier for them to completely demo the existing deck and build new, costing us more in materials and labor. The foundation of the deck was, and is still quite structurally sound, leading us to make the decision to leave it at its original size and take on this little project ourselves.
Which brings us to now, with lumber prices sky high and me tired of waiting for my backyard oasis to take form. First and foremost we decided to skip replacing the existing deck boards and go with flipping them. Yes, flipping them. I discovered this little pearl of wisdom while searching for alternatives to updating the deck on a more modest budget, and it came from none other than Mr. Bob Villa himself. We also decided to reuse the original wood railings, so I will be taking on the tedious task of stripping, sanding, and painting those in the weeks ahead.
So there you have it, in a nutshell. My vision, the plan, and how we hope to execute it all to make it happen. Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay tuned for next week when we get started on the demo, and be sure to check out the one room challenge blog to see what all of the other participants are up to!