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Diary of a Backyard Reno

Dairy of a Backyard Reno

I love my backyard. It is my haven away from the world and my warm weather social spot but... it is time to upgrade my shed and my deck.

Before

This is my shed.

It has a playhouse in the front and a sandbox on top of that for the kids of the previous owner. The front section is not usable for anything but stuffing things in for storage as you can't stand upright.

The back section is pretty worn and doesn't maximize the wall space for storage... and it has drywall separating it from the playroom. Yes, drywall, outside, in Canada.

... and for the past few years there has been a family of raccoons living beneath it.

Racoon
Shed interior
Cedar doors

These are the cedar doors that I made last year - I like them and want to keep them on the new shed.

Arrow So... I hired De Vries Home Solutions www.devrieshomesolutions.ca to head to Lowe's and make my backyard beautiful again!

This is my deck.

It has a covered BBQ area with a railing that I can sit on and watch rainstorms.

Thunder Storm
Deck Before
Deck Before

It has a built-in table surrounded by benches - this is the social hub of the backyard.

I want to use the same footprint and basic design for the deck but clean it up and add some more benches on the front instead of plain railings.

So... I hired De Vries Home Solutions www.devrieshomesolutions.ca to head to Lowe's and make my backyard beautiful again!
In Progress...

Bye deck - we are saving the structure, reinforcing it and then building on top!

Deck in progress
Deck

2x6 pressure-treated lumber to fix and reinforce the structure.

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Brown pressure-treated wood for the top - we won't have to re-stain for 2 years and all my neighbours think it is cedar!

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brown pressure treated lumber
Deck
In progress... Bye bye shed!

Sorry raccoons, the hotel is closed - we are putting a concrete pad down!

Deck in progress
PVC conduit

PVC conduit now protects all of the electrical.

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Tape Lumber

Picking up the order!

Tape Lumber

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QUIKRETE Fast Finish Hydraulic Waterstop
Circle

Sealed holes and fixed grading - no more water leaks in the basement!

QUIKRETE Fast Finish Hydraulic Waterstop

QUIKRETE Fast Finish Hydraulic Waterstop

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Coming along

Hard to tell from here but the wood siding looks like barn boards - with wood grain and knots!

Brown PT

Brown PT for finishing touches on the shed...

Brown PT
Cirlce

... and on the BBQ covering!

shingles and flashing seal

The shingles and flashing seal the shed for our long winters.

door with a window

A nice door with a window that opens - I selected a Brinks Push, Pull, Rotate knob that lets me open the door with a push from my hip if my hands are full!

Ahhh... the finished shed!
Finished shed
PrestoFen Poly Vinyl Sliding Shed window

PrestoFen Poly Vinyl Sliding Shed window

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IKO Cambridge Architectural Shingles

IKO Cambridge Architectural Shingles

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Aluminum Flashing + Brown Valspar Spray Paint

Aluminum Flashing + Brown Valspar Spray Paint

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SmartSide Structural 1 Aspen Treated Wood Siding

SmartSide Structural 1 Aspen Treated Wood Siding

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ReliaBilt 188973.0 Half Lite In-Swing Steel Door

ReliaBilt 188973.0 Half Lite In-Swing Steel Door

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Brown Pressure-Treated Fence Boards for finishing

Brown Pressure-Treated Fence Boards for finishing

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Brinks Push Pull Rotate passage knob + deadbolt

Brinks Push Pull Rotate passage knob + deadbolt

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Stanley Black Steel Entry Door Pull Plate

Stanley Black Steel Entry Door Pull Plate

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Stanley Lockable Hasp

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Stanley brown deck screws

Stanley brown deck screws - more subtle especially when combined with the brown pressure-treated wood

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Just a memory
Inside - Glorious Organization
Rubbermaid Fast Track + hooks
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Rubbermaid Fast Track + hooks

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Particle board - leftover from the roof structure
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Particle board - leftover from the roof structure

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Ahhh... the finished deck!
Finished deck
Brown Pressure Treated Wood

Brown Pressure Treated Wood

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Stanley Brown Deck Screws

Stanley Brown Deck Screws

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Finished deck
Tack Tack
Over the BBQ: Whitfield Lighting Outdoor Close to Ceiling Light

Whitfield Lighting Outdoor Close to Ceiling Light

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Light up the pool: EDDOT 8-1/2-in Gray Outdoor Wall Mounted Light

EDDOT 8-1/2-in Gray Outdoor Wall Mounted Light

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Electrical weatherpoofing: CARLON 2-Gang Rectangle Plastic Electrical Box Cover

CARLON 2-Gang Rectangle Plastic Electrical Box Cover

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