This Was A Boring Backyard Until This Guy Got A Hold Of It. I Would Never Leave.

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You wouldn’t think building a back porch would be a big deal, but I’m here to tell you that it is!  Even though the porch is in the backyard, you don’t want it to be an eye sore. You want it to add to the overall appeal of the entire house, to compliment the landscape and make it inviting and comfortable.  A place that you can hang out and read a book by yourself or host a party and enjoy drinks and conversation with good friends.  The back porch should be a place of beauty and comfort that adds value to your home.

My husband and I are designing our very first house together and now that we have the layout of the house nailed down we have moved onto discussing the landscaping and he is learning I am just as picky with the backyard as I was with the house itself.  If our marriage makes it through the next few months then we can make it through anything! Luckily, I ran across this post that shows step by step how someone created a covered deck/patio in their back yard! And I think it would be the perfect compromise for me and my husband to do ourselves.  It’s looks relatively easy to do and it is beautiful and inviting! You should check this out!

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The first step is to choose the location.  This porch was built off to the side of the house instead of attached directly to the back of the house. 

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It just worked best with the layout so it didn’t take up too much of the backyard’s grassy area.

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They used 3D Studio Max in order to plan the layout of their structure. 

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3D Studio Max is an online software program that you can download online. It can help you not only visualize what the main product will look like once complete, but can also help plan out the necessary material you will need to purchase for the project.

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It also allows you to experiment with seeing what different finishes will look like before you even start the project!

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And so the work begins! 

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Starting with the hardwood foundation.

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They started with the outer frame of the porch.

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Then added the center joists, spaced evenly to make securing the cross sections easier.

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After the joists are laid they put down a weed barrier between the joists to help prevent unsightly plants from growing up between the slats of the porch. 

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The flooring materials have arrived! 

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They chose long boards that stretch across the entire length of the porch! They chose to finish the floor first so they didn’t risk broken ankles trying to walk on the frame.

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