The Deck’s Finished

By , August 29, 2016

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!

New stairs on the new deck (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

New stairs on the new deck (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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.

6 Responses to “The Deck’s Finished”

  1. Jessie says:

    Looks nice!

  2. Mark Zeiger says:

    Thanks, Jessie! I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of it. From the cabin window, the deck appears to be hovering over part of the beach–very Frank Lloyd Wright!

  3. Jon Marshall says:


    It looks great. I can see you sitting out on some nice crisp mornings with coffee or at night with a glass of homemade wine listening to the sounds all around you. Congrats on the build.


  4. Mark Zeiger says:

    Thanks, Jon, and you better believe it, I’m on both morning and evening shift, as you describe! Can’t wait to get at least one of the bench/tables built.

  5. Angie says:

    Mark, it looks less … splintery … than the old one.

  6. Mark Zeiger says:

    Angie, I’ll say one thing for the old deck: it was too rotten to give us splinters. I think it was more splintered than splintery. Either way, this is a huge improvement!

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