Monday, I added a set of stairs to the deck, allowing access to the beach from the deck, and adding stability to the structure (see On Deck).
The steps aren’t perfect. I wouldn’t have built them like this for a house, but as a quick, easy beach access, they came out okay. I built three steps, and the rise of every other step matches. This means, when you walk up or down, each leg negotiates a pair of steps that are very close to the same rise. I didn’t plan it this way, it was sort of a happy accident. They’re far better than the access we had to the beach from the old veranda, and they’re level, which helps a lot!
That does it for the project for the moment. The next step will be to build some benches. At least one of them will fold out to a picnic table. For now, we moved the old benches onto the deck so we’ll have a place to sit.
The expanded size works great! We now have plenty of level space for the sun oven, with lots of room to move around it as we need to.