Leelanau County, MI – June 25, 2022 – Written by Jim
What a busy month it has been! When we last wrote, we had just taken a well-deserved day off for Diana’s birthday. We spent that day checking out our favorite Sleeping Bear Dunes spots, followed by a visit to Shady Lane Winery with Lane and Patti!
We followed that up with dinner at Nittolo’s in the town of Lake Leelanau. It was a fun day indeed!
The next day, it was back to work. Diana painted the carsiding that was going around the sides of the island, while I finished the tile.
We are really happy the way it came out! Next up was the top, which we decided to build in place. Our neighbor Jeff helped us bring the L-shaped top in from the barn (thanks Jeff!) and I knew this one was more than we could handle.
Once I cut out and assembled the top pieces, I attached 1/4” x 2” steel to the underside to support the overhang.
I then sandwiched it into the cleating and painted the underside white before Diana and I flipped it over.
Once it was flipped, we screwed it down and spread on the contact adhesive. You can see the laminate all glued up beyond the top.
We then put in the prep sink and we were done!
Time to head outside and work on those two decks! First up was our 12 x 12 deck off the kitchen.
The first project was to spread the gravel under the deck. There is weed block underneath that.
After all the posts were in place, I skirted it with white PVC and put the decking on. I put a single picture frame on this deck on three sides, so as to conceal the edges of the grooved Trex boards. I then stained the posts and built and stained the railing.
A huge thank you to our friends Fred and Bonnie for giving us their leftover railing parts from their deck project last year in New York!
One week after I started, we had a completed deck! Next up was our big 18 x 30 deck on the other side. We are going for the same look, with one difference:
This one is triple picture framed. The reason for that? The boards are running the 18 foot direction, and a 20 foot piece of Trex is over $100 each! A 16 footer is around $40 each. Plus, the picture frame looks kinda cool!
Once I had the main field of 16 foot boards on, I trimmed off the other ends of them, which I left long.
I snapped a chalk line on the path I wanted to cut.
I measured from the edge of the saw to the blade, which was 1-1/4”. I snapped a second chalk line that distance off the other line.
Using one of my aluminum scaffold platforms as a straight edge on that second line, I was able to cut a true line across the entire 30 foot deck.
And just like that, it was done.
Next, I’ll get the posts trimmed to the correct height and stain them. I’ll then put the outer triple picture frame on. After that is the railing and stairs before we can call it complete.
But first we are going to take a few afternoons off, because our friends Jodee and Bill are here for a few days!
We went to Music in the Park in Northport and also to a few spots in Traverse City so far.
No pictures of the four of us yet, but I did manage to get one of Tessa and me!
After the deck gets finished, we concentrate on finishing the inside of the cabin. Stay tuned for that. Until next time, safe and happy travels to all!