the remod and finn’s second ride

Well Hubs and I have been slowly updating our home over the last 3 years.  The hail storm that hit earlier this year really helped to speed things along, new roof, repaired siding, fixed leaking chimney, new windows in the front of the house and finally the deck.  Here are the first few pictures of our deck when we purchased our house.  Please notice the molding canopy covering as well as the carpet on the “floor.”  I mean really people?! 


Shortly after, we took the canopy down to let light into the house, but left the frame up, mostly because we didn’t know what to do with it.  By the way, if you leaned on our railing, you didn’t live to tell about it because you fell off our deck.  It was made just that well.


  In trying to get my story straight, I’m not sure if we took the frame down before or after the hail storm, but I’m thinking before.

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The hail storm then beat the deck (and finally the carpet) all to pieces.  So with help from the insurance, we were able to replace the railing, pull up the carpet and finally we had a deck we weren’t as embarrassed to show people!  Now just to finish the actual deck part. 


We purchased some deck paint stripper and proceeded to try to get the paint up.  After many hours of scrubbing and even borrowing a pressure washer from a neighbor, our deck looked like a war zone. The pressure washer did nothing but damage the already old wood. So Plan B was implemented.

Hubs rented a hardwood floor sander and proceeded to beat the deck into submission (about 4 hours).  It looked great after he was finished!  Now we just had to get the corners and cracks where the floor sander couldn’t reach (another 4 hours on our hands and knees). But it looked awesome!


THEN, (I promise the saga is nearly over) we cleaned off the deck and sprayed it down with a restoration spray to help encourage a good clean newer looking wood.  It looks soo much better than the first picture.  No really, go look!  I’ll wait….


This coming weekend will be spent staining and water sealing it and HOPEFULLY we won’t have to do it again for a while!! Wow!!  Either way, if there is a next time, we’re hiring someone =) 

Prior to this weekend’s deck drama, Hubs and I went on a run/ride out at Cades Cove in the mountains with some friends.  We met up there at 7am and ran the 4 mile loop (temps approximately 30 degrees).  It wasn’t too terrible.  There was one point in our 320802_287503041283825_100000723957311_921671_1222177265_n-1trip where a stream (about 12 feet wide) was running across the trail.  We proceeded to hail a SUV to drive us over it so as not to have wet feet =)  totally brilliant!

Our moment of excellence was short lived because we THEN proceeded to get on our bikes and ride the 11 mile loop (temps ~30 degrees, maybe 35 in the sun) and let me tell you 30DEGREES IS COLD ON A BIKE!!  We had so many clothes on and looked super goofy I’m sure, but FINN did amazing!  He was beasting up the hills and so much easier to navigate.  Besides having no feeling in my feet for the next 2 hours, I HAD A BLAST!  Even though the really pretty part of fall has finished, it was beautiful, frost on the ground, sun warming things up, we even saw a bear cub up in a tree =)


Although, I have now determined my lower temperature limit for bike riding to be 45 (preferably 50 degrees), =)  I hope there are a few more warm days so I don’t have to put Finn away until spring!!


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