I thought it would be perfect as a place to put the kids swimming pool...6ft clearance between ground and beams. However the sun doesn't reach the area until late in the day...5 pm approx, the sun will start to go under the deck.
We cannot afford a Hot Tub...we'd love to, but I want a baby instead. So no hottub.
I thought a garden spot for veggies, and build up a box type of garden...again sun doesn't get there.
So we are realising that we do need a shed, and our garage is full of things we could store back under there, if we make it nice and dry.
So my idea was to make some sort of bench for sitting and watching the kids, and plantar's between the two posts...making the walls go behind the posts. The posts would stick out, and I'd like to make floating seats (half circles) around the three posts.
Then plywood and lattice to seal up the shed, and a large door on the left side to accomadate the lawnmower. Sidewalk blocks for the floor.
Any other cool ideas, or suggestions...or pictures of what you've done.
It's funny as my under my porch currently looks like yours now..minus the junk of course. My wish is to have it ..how yours used to look as I like the lattice. I have to be honest and say I liked the "before' look better and I'm sure you had a lot of storage under there previously?
I'm afraid I can't suggest anything other than perhaps having lattice up the sides and climbing shrubs like Clamatis, Honey suckle or other growing vines with the bench in the middle.
Marianne and the boys
|I like both looks.
I think leaving one side covered with lattice would provide more shade if that's what you want.... Letting flowers grow up it sounds nice.
|I didn't know honey suckle was a vine. We had a very nice vigourous vine at our old house, it never had flowers. I don't know what is was.
We need to have storage, so it will be turned back into a storage area, for lawn equip, bicycles, camping gear and extra junk. Everything is in the garage.
But I want to make it prettier, and I want some plants.
Does clematis grow quickly. There is about 5.8 ft between each post. How many do I need?
How hard is it to make plantar boxes with a seat on it...I was going to do wood because it was cheaper?
The reason we removed all the lattice and plywood walls, was because it was rotting, and poorly constructed. Also they left the ground uneven and dirt so it was hard to keep anything under there, and expect to remain clean and dry.
|What about morning glory? I love those....|
|They make WONDERFUL resin lattice now, you can get it in colots and it lasts FOREVER. I use it EVER WHERE. I think it is the greatest invention since sliced bread. Never needs painting and will never rott. It really isn't all that expensive either,|
|Can I paint it the same color as our deck..use the same paint can? I love that idea to, and we will never have to do this again.
Hubby just got back with the plywood and 2x4's, he is off now getting the sidewalk blocks....that will take 2 trips because of the weight.
We are going to save a little money and get a mistint stain to paint the interior of the shed, and then the exterior will match the deck.
He said the lattice will have to be last, and may need to wait until next paycheck, when I get the dog run redone.
I will get it done tho, and now is a good time to buy plants...everyone is clearing out stock.
|I do thinkk you can paint it, I have painted plastic shutter but I don't know that the paint would last forever. How about a contrasting color? I think if you go to the Lowes web site you can see the colors. Although it may come in your blue, I don't remember. I have bought white and green.|
|White would work, or even better go with the neutral shade of your siding.... I don't think painting resin is a good idea... it would probably not last as long as paint on wood.|
|Painting defeats the whole purpose anyway!!!|
|Our last house had storage under the deck, it was wonderful! The storage was the same wood as the deck, solid sides, double doors outward.
Whatever you do, there is a nifty product on the market called under decking that catches the water and slopes it to a gutter system so the underside stays dry. Our "shed" just had corrogated PVC over the top, that was a bit cheesey, but then that was back in the 70's when cheesey was norm.
|Wish we knew that before we made a roof under it. Rob made his own slope with slanted 2x4 going down, so that all the rain goes toward my plantar boxes. We then used plywood, and stained both sides. I can still under the whole area, but he will have to duck in lower end.
He picked up cedar lattice, and I will stain it the same color as the deck. I would do the two color thing if our front wasn't blue lattice, and all our trim on the house is blue. He also found out the resin was not paintable.
We don't have a Lowes yet, I hear they are coming in tho. We have Home Depot, Rona, Totem...and I think a couple others that resell home building renovation things.
Sidewalk blocks are over 100lb, and after moving eight of them we realised the other 12 will require some time. Our camping cooler on wheels transports them easier then us carrying them.
I did luck out tho, I went to Wal-Mart and they had 2 cans of mistint stain for exterior $5 each, one red and one pink, then I went to Canadian Tire and they too had one can of exterior stain in red for $10...so I got 3 cans of stain for the price of 1. The inside of the shed will be red, while the outside is blue.
The kids house will get the pink on the inside...maybe red and blue too in some sort of design fun for them.
|Remember not to put horizontal strain on the posts and also, no soil around them....you don't want to rot them....they are rather important. I'd let them continue to carry the deck and not ask them to do any more load or support. The planters between the posts sound interesting, but will they get enough sun? Will they interfere with the coming and going from the storage? Will runoff from your under decking wash away the planters?
Hey, any day you can get a break on stain or paint and still remain happy, great!
|Our posts are on top of cement pilings, we couldn't put our patio stones there either. It will have to stay as is, and I will have loose rocks around the poles.
The originals owners built this deck, the second owners built another tier. We are third owners, and had to remove the rotting second deck, and shake our heads when we look at what they've all done. However we are not carpenters but we can still spot bad work. Hopefully we improve on it. The deck is about 12 ft long and 10ft wide, and 6 ft tall. With the slanted roof, the high point is still 6 ft, and the low end is 5ft 5 in...approx.
We are keeping the roof as light as we can. For the walls we will build framing, so the plywood sheets are attached to the walls as well.
The plantar boxes will have sun from early afternoon until the sun goes down...it faces west. I need plants that love heat.
The door will be on the right hand side...same as before.
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