We love visiting North Carolina, but we have a complaint. It’s too far from Texas. So we decided to bring North Carolina to Cedar Hill. Well at least this is our version of North Carolina. We are building a creekside deck in the woods.
It isn’t finished in these photos, but I couldn’t wait, I had to share it. The deck has a little walkway.
After you walk onto the deck the ground drops off abruptly and you find yourself 20 or so feet up above the creek. Admittedly not exciting to people who live with real mountains, but for those of us who live in Texas, this is big stuff.
And no I didn’t leave the orange electrical cord and the green plastic chair out there just to add ambiance to the photo, that really was there, ha ha.
While checking on the progress of the deck we realized that when in a sitting position, the view of the creek is seen below the railing. That is a problem since the contractor was going to use pickets like the ones on our back porch, shown below.
Those pickets would have somewhat obscured the view of the creek. Mr. CH was most unhappy about blocking the view. He suggested we use Plexiglas. I pictured the plexiglas years down the road, yellowed with lots of scratches. I said that wouldn’t work. We tossed around several ideas. We even discussed putting the pickets further apart, but didn’t want a safety issue. In the end, our clever contractor came up with the solution. He decided to use stock pen fencing. Although the wood pickets would have looked more elegant, we decided this fencing wire would provide a better view of the rocks and creek. And the animal fencing is in keeping with a casual Texas ranch. I’ll have pictures for you next time.
The deck is about 1/4 mile from the house, so no electricity here. But these guys weren’t put off, they just brought a generator to power their tools.
The back half of the deck is covered with a metal roof and the front half near the creek is uncovered.
We were so happy that the weather turned cooler, and the time on the deck was “brilliant” as the British say.
The views are of the creek, some large boulders and ferns.
Even during the severe drought, our little creek is still there, trickling along with its cool, spring water.
I don’t know if you can make it out, but the photo below shows some of the rock formation.
It’s so peaceful out here.
I can’t wait to get it all set up so I can share the deck with you. More to come.