Hello, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday, (even though it might have been the most different one ever.)
On Saturday, we worked together as a family to tear off the deck on the “MIL Suite.”
It was the BEST. DAY. EVER.
Mainly because I got to spend a gorgeous spring day outside working on a project with “my crew.” There is seriously nothing that makes my heart happier. I know the days of my family being just the seven of us are numbered, and I won’t always have all of my “babies” home with me to work on projects together like this. So I soaked up every moment.
It’s always a fun and crazy time when we are together! Luke filmed the whole thing, and we will share more in an upcoming episode of Notes from Home! :) I was also busy taking video on my phone and making sweet tea, so I didn’t get many still photos of the process.
Now to the what we worked on…
I have wanted to remove that deck since we moved in this house. It was not well built, and I did not feel like it was cohesive to the rest of the house.
For me, (and this may just me,) the deck made it feel very obvious that there were two living spaces at our home. It almost felt like we were living in a ranch home with a traitor attached to the back? (Fun Fact: The previous home owner lived in the MIL suite, and rented the front part of the house to other people.)
My goal in removing the deck is to make the two spaces feel more like one home.
I have some plans for a pretty courtyard and creative ways to give it a more cohesive feeling.
So Saturday, we had “all hands on deck,” (no pun intended,) and the kiddos helped Cy tear it down.
However, the cool thing is that we are not going to waste this pressure treated wood!
We kept all of the good wood and burned the unusable pieces. Cy is going to repurpose the wood and build a floating shed in the back of our home for his tools and lawn mower.
And that means that we will be able to finally tear down this shed on the right side of our driveway! YAY!! Look at this eye sore…
It’s moldy and falling apart, and I will be a happy woman when we can finally get rid of it!
Do you blame me?
So we finished tearing the deck off on Saturday, and then Sunday it rained a monsoon. haha! Our whole back yard is a total muddy mess. I snapped this photo of the back of the house this morning.
I know that it DEFINITELY does NOT look better right now.
This is a “during” photo, and what I see is a CLEAN SLATE to create something really beautiful! And I am so excited about it!
And yes, Jonathan and Luke are climbing up into their apartment (as we call it,) right now. It’s pretty funny! We are going to have to build some temporary steps very soon before someone forgets they are not there and comes flying out of the house and lands flat on their face. ouch!
I’ve been looking on Pinterest for some backyard patio/courtyard ideas, and I will try and share a post about those with you soon.
I’m also going to see if I can get Adam to help me photoshop the above picture to bring my ideas to life!
If you have any ideas or thoughts about what I should do, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
Have a blessed day,