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deck with horizontal railings and old floor boards
Since we moved into our house two-and-a-half years ago, we have been remodeling non-stop -- I feel like Kelly. I guess that's what happens when you buy a 25-year-old house that has never been updated.

On our list for this spring is the deck. As you can see from the before picture, the railings are not up to code (and look a lot like a ladder to our three-year-old) and the wood floor is splintering. We figure that the frame is still pretty solid, so we will just replace the floor and the railings ourselves.

This is a pretty easy job, and maybe fodder for a future post, but our real goal is to make our outdoor living space attractive and inviting. Once the floor and railings are in, the fun begins.

I envision a new dining set with a colorful umbrella over the table, some comfy chairs and benches, and even an outdoor rug. Add some lighting over the grill, lots of flowering plants and my dream deck is complete. In my mind.

Arrange-a-Deck is a tool offered by Better Homes and Gardens that you can use to envision your dream deck on paper (a free membership to the site is required). It offers choices for flooring color, shape of deck and all the fun extras like seating and plants.

If you are having trouble deciding how to arrange your deck or what extras might enhance the look and functionality of your deck, this tool works great.



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