The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

All Hands On Deck

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Oh yeah! Oh yeah! Oh yeah! We’re finally going to have our deck renovated. After a considerable amount of discussion as to timing and how to pay for this sucker, we just decided to do it. With the basement now (hopefully) leak proof we can concentrate on a new deck that I know we’ll both enjoy throughout the warmer months. With every sunny day that shines upon our little village, we can be seen sitting on what is now our little patio having our lunch, watching the birds, doing crosswords, reading and even surfing the web via our Wi Fi. This little patio has become a second living room for us and because of that we decided to forego any kitchen renovations for another year or so. I took a deep look inside of the old brain and admitted to myself that I can at least work with the kitchen the way it is now, but the deck is really too small for us, let alone anyone that decides to drop by and enjoy an ice cold drink while basking in our company!!

The first step, naturally, was to contact our contractor. We were extremely lucky in finding a great one when we renovated the dilapidated bathroom and it went without saying we’d use him again. Within a couple of days we had his quote in hand with varying design ideas and options. We decided to keep things simple because of financial constraints or priorities, but did deviate a tad by deciding on aluminum balusters. Hopefully this will be the deck we enjoy for the duration of our time in this house and we did, at least, want it to have some “design” to it. The aluminum balusters come in varying designs and colours and so we decided to splurge by a couple hundred bucks or so!

The old deck will be torn down – thank God – and a newer, longer one built. In the process of tearing down the present patio we’ll have time to backfill underneath in order to add some sloping or grading away from the foundation to prevent or deter any further water damage. The new deck will be more than double the size it is now and the stairway will be facing the back yard and south-facing end of the house. I’m so looking forward to just having the extra space! With everything now approved we’re just waiting for the drier weather to be upon us, but our contractor has advised he’s ordered the new patio door and can start as soon as possible. I’m going to have to stock up on cookies, as I handed out treats while the bathroom was being renovated and I think I created a few “big” cookie monsters!!

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Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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