Ding dong the balcony is gone! The old one, that is. But before we look up… look waaaaaay up… (that’s for my Canadian peeps) — lets look at how my clever better half covered up those spindly toothpick pillars.
Pretty pine boards, cut to size, and nailed in place. So simple. I made sure to treat all of the boards with a water-repellant treatment on both sides before he made his cuts.
Line everything up and bada bing, gorgeous, thick, new, rustic-looking, pillars. The perfect match to our upgraded porch boards.
So. Much. Better.
Alright, enough about the pillars… Let’s get back to the waterproof balcony.
This is what was waiting for our little tootsies when we stepped outside…
Eww! Rotted, old, leaky, plywood. Plywood?!! Urgh. Let’s rip it up then!
And what was under the plywood? ANOTHER old deck. Ha. But luckily this one was alright, and could be the foundation for our new waterproof deck — and ceiling, to our dry porch below.
We could not afford some of the other waterproof decking materials out there. They require a certified technician to come install it, and would cost around $1500-$2000. And, that’s BEFORE any deck railings. Ouch. Nope. Another DIY project coming up!
The first step was replacing the deck base, with new interlocking plywood, and apply flashing to the outer edge.
Next, we used a product called Tufdek. We’re the only people we know who has given this a try, so I’ll have to update you next year, to how it’s holding up.
Every joint, edge, and wood knot, gets sealed with special tape and some gummy sealer stuff. It was a time consuming, but easy process.
That needs a day or two to set-up.
Next, we applied the texture (with a trowel) — it is a flexible, neoprene rubber, slip-resistant layer. You have to plan ahead and check the weather, so it stays dry.
Last is colour. It’s a durable UV-protected acrylic paint. The only downside? Not a lot of colours to choose from. About 6. But for the most part, they’re all neutral.
We saved a little money on our railings, by using pressure treated wood for the supports and handrails. We purchased composite railings to keep future maintenance at a minimum. Mama doesn’t want to stain spindles every year!!
Our splurge? Two large (tempered safety) glass inserts for the front. Who wants to wreck that beautiful view, right?
Let’s take a trip down memory lane… remember this?
All gone. No more 70’s rotting deck!!
So much better right??!
But … what’s with the tight shots Jen?? Let’s widen out a little…
Yeah. There is a tractor in my way… Next project was delivered this week!! The husband scored a deal with a pal, and we only had to pay the couple hundred beans for the delivery of all these rocks.
Let’s see if we can polish off this list before the snow flies! (??)
Change Door Paint Door Replace Sand down, and reuse porch deck boards Clad the spindly columns with wood Rip up rotted upper balcony Replace balcony floor with a waterproofing solution Replace balcony spindles Build a walking path along the front of the house Plant shrubs Replace porch light
- Replace upper balcony lighting
- And, use my handy magic eraser to ditch the nasty stains from the siding (yep, we have more stain spots).
- *NEW* – A retaining wall.
We’re getting there guys!