It seemed like the time was right to get on the tools again. My wife came up with the concept of designing a deck complete with built in perimeter bench seats. After building the Backyard Stage, I guess this was the natural progression, slightly bigger, slighty more difficult. The structure will still be floating on cinder blocks and these form the foundations for the DIY deck.
The VW Kombi once again proved its value by hauling all of the timber needed for the frame. It then easily navigated the return trip to the hardware store to pick up that additional length that somehow wasn't purchased the first time round.
I grabbed a few joist hangers, right angles and screws as well. There is something about the smell of milled timber that resonates with me. It waits patiently, hinting at fun times ahead.
I finished the first stage of the deck floor as the sun was setting on the coldest day in these parts for 10 months.
Before heading to work yesterday I attached a joist. This gives you the depth that the bench seat will be. I hope to get some more work done on this deck tomorrow.