18 July 2012

Home Improvment

When I first met Matt he had just purchased the home we live in now. I feel like I've done a decent job decorating and turning it from a tacky man cave into a real home. The outside, however, is still in need of some serious lovin'.

 In March we finally got around to knocking down the awful back deck that led into our house. It wasn't just ugly, it was dangerous and confidence shattering as well.

Let me explain. One day a step broke in half just from me stepping on it. Then, not long after that, I was unlocking the door and part of the deck broke off and my foot fell through. I should've knocked it down then just for making me feel like a fatass.

After Natalie arrived we decided we had to do something about it. Matt and his dad built our new deck from the ground up and put in a lot of hard work. I'm really proud of that and think it makes it that much more special. Plus, we saved a ton of money on labor. I really do love it.

Before you look at the picture of the old deck, it's important to me that you know I don't live in the projects. The back of my house looks pretty ghetto, especially with all my neighbors crap lying against the chain link fence.

 Alas, it's finished though and I'm so happy. My nieces came over for a couple days and we got some great use out of it. We blew bubbles, colored with chalk and sunbathed.

Not only is my new deck not a lawsuit waiting to happen but it's practical and fun too!

Before (Kind of a long story as to why it was in such bad shape.)


After







Looking evil

12 Thoughts :

Ali July 18, 2012 at 12:53 AM  

Oh my word! What an improvement!!!!! I love the light wood, too. Isn't it so nice to have husbands who are handy?

Fash Boulevard July 18, 2012 at 5:08 AM  

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Marjorie July 18, 2012 at 8:13 AM  

Looks great! What a nice outdoor space to hang. Our backyard has nothing.

Shannon July 18, 2012 at 8:33 AM  

OMG I have to explain to everyone who sees a picture of my house that I (ALSO) don't live in the ghetto! haha!

The deck looks FAB!! They did an awesome job! :)

Shannon July 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM  

That looks amazing!! You and Natalie can have tons of fun out on that deck.

And your writing always makes me LOL. You have a knack for funny shiz, lady.

Jessica July 18, 2012 at 10:20 AM  

It looks awesome!!

Krista July 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM  

Hoorah for handy men! It looks great Sean!

Danielle-Marie July 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM  

It looks fantastic!!!!

Jazz July 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM  

Woah now that looks like one posh deck. Hope you cracked open the champagne and got your celeb sunglasses on to celebrate it! Looks great.
Are those bottom windows the windows to your cellar? If so, I couldn't help but think of that story you commented about once where the little boy was speaking to someone in there. Freaky shit.
Loving your niece's hair, amazing.

MOMMY TALK WITH STEPH July 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM  

That's a great deck! I love all those pictures! Your hubby is awesome! Such cute girls! Hope all is well! Love ya!

Mama July 19, 2012 at 11:58 PM  

So jealous! How do they know how to do that? We are currently getting estimates for new deck stairs and contractors are trying to rape us! They want 5k to build stairs!!!! I wish my husband was handy like yours

Melanie July 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM  

LOOOOOVE your deck! We can be deck friends... did I just say that? Greg built us a deck last summer, & we love it! Jax & I spend almost every afternoon out there. Yaya for our hot handy men, eh?!

Hope you had a great week mama. I've been SO busy w/ a few of my 1st "real" photography sessions. I am plain in LOVE w/ it all... did I ever tell you I am/have started my own little business? I would LOVE for you to take a little looksee at my site, & honestly tell me what you think. I have NO budget yet for designing it yet, so I did it all myself. Let me know what you think, you hip & cool mama you!

P/S I went to target last Wednesday & bought 5 super cute "Seany" dresses. You inspired me! Lol) Love them!

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