I also jerked the old steps off of the pile of old deck that Joel piled out back, and put them on the new deck, so now I have steps..see photos also.
this is a photo of the OLD deck after Joel hauled it with the tractor to the back yard, part upside down. I jerked the old steps (pointing up) off the old deck and hauled them around and put them on the new deck..(salvage queen, originally old deck was salvaged off of the old house when it burned so these steps have now been used 3 times).
This shows the old steps attached to the not yet finished new deck, at least now we can get out of the laundry room door and down steps without climbing or crawling..(bad hip, can't keep that up too long)..you can see the part of the old deck we are going to leave to the right, this has a trap door in it to our crawl space and it will be refurbished a bit. the new deck doesn't go as far south as the old so all that sandy weedy area was under the steps and part of the old deck, that will also have to be redone..soon.
Unifinished SE corner of the deck (ran out of lumber and am waiting on a lumber run)..on the ground by the propane tank you can see the railings we took off the old deck, they will be salvaged and reused (at the price of railing materials that is a must). This deck will be squared off at the corner so 12' out from house and 32' long in total.
This is standing by the laundry room door looking North toward the rear deck. The new deck wraps around the back of the greenhouse..railings as I said above are still waiting to be reinstalled...and finish where the deck wraps around the North of the greenhouse.
The view will be the corner of the pond (still need to move clay piles) and the field to the East..and lawn behind Joel's house.
We had to leave an opening in the deck to access the power, phone and gas utility area..and I had a lot of perennials planted East of the house, so this saves some of my favorite ones here, pink and yellow hollyhocks, daylillies,oriental poppies,iris, malvas, lady's mantle, vinca and some woodbine vines which will eventually be trained up trellises to hide most of the utility boxes and uglies there...they did get a little trampled building the deck..also under the deck are siberian iris, daylilies, poppies, bearded iris, aegopodium, malvas, violets, comfrey, and lots of other plants, I think they'll still get enough eastern sun to still grow and bloom under there but they got badly trampled putting in the deck..maybe next year ?
One of our lilac bushes, this one was salvaged when we had our house fire and moved by the pond when it was dug, this is the best it has bloomed since the fire (July 2002)..of course pond clay banks still need landscaping but the lilac is so pretty this year..we also have dozens of lilacs elsewhere on the property