We knew when we moved in here that we'd probably have to replace the deck. It sat untreated for too long before we bought the place. We tried flipping a couple boards last summer just to see, but sure enough, they were too far gone -- and what's more, for some reason instead of deck screws, they were secured with GIANT NAILS. Just to assure that doing basically any repair work on any of it would be 10 times harder.
It's just as well. Half of the deck completely covers the part of the yard that isn't properly graded -- we need to remove it just to regrade the soil so we don't end up with basement leakage. I don't know what we'll eventually do back there. Maybe just shave off half the deck and have more yard? Maybe scrap it all for some kind of stone patio -- something not so vulnerable to the elements?
It's one of a million little non-emergency projects for the Foursquare. The duct work was never finished for the addition, so you need a plug-in radiator to be in the office in winter. The outlets are all outdated. The upstairs shower faucet is crooked. We'll need the valve rerouted and the electricity rewired before we can replace the dishwasher. The downstairs toilet leaked so long that it started to rot the surrounding flooring, so we uninstalled it, but haven't gotten around to installing the new one. Again, just as well -- it's somewhat weirdly located in the laundry room. Not that I'd complain about having another toilet at some point.
Of course, there's cosmetic stuff. But who doesn't dream about punching out a kickass retro kitchen or sweet looking tiled bathroom? What's weird about all this stuff is that I don't want it to already be done. I want to do all of it. We didn't save our pennies and maintain good credit and accept the selfless help of loving family for a house somebody else perfected and fucking flipped -- we did all that to buy the Bailey's house. Which is a less than accurate comparison because this house was not decrepit when we bought it. However, it was A.) Very large by my standards, and B.) Only well within our price range because it demanded to be fixed up, personalized, and perfected by us.
I love this house. I love our home. I love this broken deck that we will probably dismantle and burn in the fireplace.