The Building and Styling of Our Deck

When our home was being built, we knew we wanted to add a deck to the back of the house and extend it from the patio as far as we could. It wasn’t in the budget during the build and being that it would cost a bit of money and we were not about to tackle the project ourselves, we started saving up for a professional to build it.

Two years later, deck building commenced. I was beside myself with excitement and could hardly wait to see it completed! We chose to hire someone who had done work for us at our last home. He takes great pride in his work and is an excellent craftsman.

Here is the back of the house before deck building began (taken in the evening with my phone):
How it all began:
Once the frame was up it was incredible to get a sense of what the additional space outdoors would feel like. It felt like we were adding another room to the house.
deck deck
We chose redwood for the deck itself and had the boards installed at an angle. The stain we selected was applied offsite in three coats. I was a very happy girl once those beautifully stained boards were put in place!
The stain is not nearly as orange as it appears in these photos.
Next came the railings and posts for the arbor:
This little guy found the process fascinating to watch and had several questions for the guy we hired. The existing railing separating the two spaces was removed once the deck was safe to venture out on.
Having someone else handle jobs like the one below was money well spent!
While the deck was being built, I played around with furnishings and finishing touches. Here is the mood board I put together to show hubs my vision.
Outdoor Space
I knew I wanted to put as much seating as possible along the back of the house so the view could be enjoyed by many. Once I measured, I was delighted to discover that the space would accommodate a four piece couch.
We shopped at various places locally and scoured the internet for affordable, attractive and long-lasting outdoor furniture. I quickly learned that outdoor furniture is expensive! We decided on a set I found on sale online through Costco. It was not available in the store, so I held my breath until it arrived and I could see it in person.
The furniture is resin wicker (faux or all-weather wicker) and extremely light weight, can be hosed off and will hopefully handle multiple beatings from the Texas sun and storms.
I wanted to add an outdoor rug to bring color to the space and have something soft to set our feet on. My husband was not sold on the idea after investing so much in the deck. He didn’t want to cover any of it up! Thus, the mood board and a few trips to various stores to see our options.

He liked the rug I showed him in the mood board and after seeing it in person and seeing that it was on sale, was willing to give it a try. The rug (no longer available) is from Pottery Barn. It is polypropylene so it can be hosed off when needed, but has the appearance of wool. I love it!


I also added a gold ceramic side table from HomeGoods, a coffee table from World Market that we covered with a sealant, light pink outdoor pillows from Pottery Barn, a bicycle pillow from World Market and a fuchsia pillow from the Crate and Barrel outlet store. In the corner I added a ficus tree scored at an estate sale and a fountain from Home Depot.

Here is everything put together and shots of the finished deck:
The arbor provides an incredible amount of shade and protection from the sun.
I added a mirror to reflect the view and the greenery.
Now that spring has sprung in Texas, I can’t help but want to get outdoors and spend time on the deck as often as possible. I’m thinking an outdoor party is in order before the Texas heat and mosquitoes appear! Watching the sun set is my favorite thing to do on our deck.
deck sunsetsunset

2 thoughts on “The Building and Styling of Our Deck

    • It is always awesome to hang out in Austin 🙂 High fives to you for mentioning Lick! Oh my goodness–soooo good! We also had dinner and hung out by the outdoor fire at Doc’s. My hubs gives you high fives for recommending the deep fried avacado!


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