Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak PeekThis deck project is in partnership with Trex and Lowe’s

Our backyard was a big selling point for us in buying our home three years ago, so we were so thrilled to finally be creating an inviting deck where we could gather with friends and family to really enjoy it! If you aren’t familiar with Trex, it’s a beautiful composite decking that (unlike wood) won’t crack, stain, or splinter. It’s also low maintenance, which was a huge deal for me. I prefer to enjoy my home and yard, not be slave to the maintenance of it.

Even as you begin to design the features of a new deck, start to visualize it in your head, and even see the dimensions all drawn out on paper, until you’re actually seeing it in person you may not realize what tremendous difference an improvement like this will make! A new deck becomes like an additional room, so it’s a great way to expand your livable space. It’s an investment that adds value to your home, but it also improves how you live in your home which is always a win for me with any project.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek
We started with an old cracked concrete patio. Not the worst situation in the world, of course, but definitely not the most inspiring. It was ready for a refresh.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

A really cool thing about our project is that we were able to leave the entire existing patio in place. I’m all about simplification in every way possible, so it was wonderful that the deck framing was able to be constructed right over it!

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Since my husband and I are definitely not skilled DIY’ers when it comes to construction, it was wonderful to be able to have a Lowe’s PSE (Project Specialist Exterior) build the deck.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

One of the things I usually dread about home improvement projects is the whole process of looking for quality contractors you can trust to take your vision and make it a reality. Being able to line up a qualified, skilled and experienced contractor for our deck through a Lowe’s was a HUGE plus for us! I highly recommend taking a look at (and benefitting from!) the Lowe’s scheduler service for your projects. It’s definitely worth it.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Our deck was built in the winter (thus the missing leaves on our Japanese Maple tree!). Every day I’d look out to see the progress (and of course dream about when it would be filled with furniture and flowers!).

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Our Trex deck color is called Saddle, which was an in stock option at Lowe’s. There are so many colors you can choose from! Even if you think you have an idea of what color you want before you begin, I still recommend you bring samples home first so you can see how natural surroundings impact your decision.

We found that the wood hue created a cozy, inviting, organic feel that really complemented our natural “Northwest” surroundings, too. When you consider your home’s location in the country, and even style features found in the neighborhood homes, you have the opportunity to bring together elements that will create a harmonious mood.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

We were especially excited about having black railings installed around our deck. While our deck isn’t high off the ground, we wanted to utilize railings to give the space a cozier feeling. I find railings bordering a deck establishes a backdrop that can make furniture placement easier, too.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Trex offers so many styles of railings and color combinations! Our railings are called Trex Enhance in Charcoal Black. I love the classic style. The black of course makes a nice statement and contrast with a white house, yet it allows the natural greenery around the yard to stay in focus.

The added architectural detail as well as the diagonal layout of our railings make the deck design feel so special.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Another detail I absolutely LOVE is the layout of the diagonal deck boards and the border around the perimeter, it makes it feel so custom and unique. I love how a diagonal design element creates a pleasing sense of movement for your eye.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek
Creating that movement and design interest is also the reason why we decided to lay our tile in a diagonal herringbone pattern in our kitchen!

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

As soon as the deck was complete the whole backyard felt like a new place! The railings and deck established such a wonderful outdoor gathering space, but I’ve also noticed that somehow the new deck made the yard feel like an even more inviting destination, too.

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

We are setting up the deck right now, so I cannot wait to show you the finished and furnished reveal (Lowe’s has some really great furnishings and decor pieces for your outdoor spaces. If you missed the look we’re going for, you can see our vision board and find sources for some the furniture we’ll have on the deck here).

Trex Deck Building Progress and Sneak Peek

Oh, and in case you’re wondering what the dogs think of this change, Jack was quite obsessed with the deck from the first day he could walk on it. If I can get a video of him on the deck, you’ll laugh! He loves taking a running leap off from the deck to the grass. He clearly thinks we designed this as his own personal playground. (Notice Lily way off in the yard, always sitting somewhere outside enjoying the sea breeze in her fur! She’s waiting for the furniture to be set up, she’s all about the comfort.).

Stay tuned for the big reveal, friends! I can’t wait to invite you over for our first virtual gathering on the deck right here on the blog.

Leave me a comment below to tell me what you’re bringing to the (virtual) deck reveal party at my house! I’ll give away a copy of my book Simple Gatherings to five commenters at random, or to whoever is offering to bring the tastiest dishes. ;-)

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Learn how to begin planning your own Trex deck and schedule Lowe’s Installation service here!
Decking and railing in this project was provided by Trex
Installation and furnishings provided by Lowe’s

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

This weekend we took a quick road trip to Portland (specifically, my home town of Lake Oswego) to be at my nephew’s high school graduation party and my niece’s voice recital. While my husband doesn’t seem to miss Portland very much, every time I go back I feel homesick. It was where I spent so much of my life growing up and where we lived when all of our kids were little, so it still feels like my true home (even though we now live in Seattle!).

I can hardly believe our son Luke was in second grade when we moved from Portland to Washington! He’s spent half his life in Portland and half in Washington. He’ll graduate from high school next year (cue the tears!).

We’ve lived here in Washington for nine and a half years (as a point of reference, I started my blog eleven years ago so I had been blogging only a year and a half when we moved).

My how time flies!

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

When we moved to Washington, my daughter Courtney was in her last year of high school in Lake Oswego (she graduated from college with her interior design degree five years ago now!). Kylee had just gotten married a few months prior to us moving here (she and her husband Lance have been married for a decade this August!).

We lived on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington for the first six years we were here in Washington, but then moved to Seattle three years ago to bring our whole family closer together while Luke was in high school. Kylee and Lance and Courtney all moved to Seattle during college and have lived here in the city ever since.

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

What a whirlwind this whole adventure to Washington has been! While it is always hard to leave home and take the risk on a new life, we are happy to took that chance. So much has been accomplished and so much good came out of our move here for all of us!

Even though we are happily feeling settled in our home here, it’s still fun to take a drive by through a few of my old neighborhoods just to reminisce and check up on some of my favorite homes. And of course, it’s always fun to share a few photos so you can enjoy the drive with me!

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

This photo above is actually the last house I lived in with my family when I was in high school. It was a gorgeous English style home. This is the only home located on a small peninsula on Lake Oswego, so we had water on three sides of our home. I loved living here! It’s changed quite a bit over the years, but it still brings back so many memories to drive by.

Of course, this angle and photo doesn’t begin to capture what it looks like from the water sides. If I can get some other photos, maybe I can do another post about it sometime ( and maybe some of the other homes I’ve lived in!).

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

This house through the iron gates (above) is another one of the homes I grew up in, the one right before we moved to the lake house. It’s a lovely white colonial, but sadly I can never get a good recent picture of the front of the house because it’s so private (unless I went running down that driveway or jumped through the bushes with my camera hahah. Which I’ll admit, I was very tempted to do just to give you a better look! Maybe next time!).

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

This house behind that hedge is owned by someone I’ve always called “the Martha Stewart” of the neighborhood, since she always had a perfectly manicured landscape. I love driving by it, I’ve shared that secret gate on the blog many times!

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By

I hope you enjoyed this little drive by through my old stompin’ ground (what exactly is a *stomping ground* anyway?)!

Are you still living in the city you’d consider your ‘home town?’ Or, like me, have you headed off on new adventures? How do you feel about where you live now? Do you ever feel homesick? I’d love to hear your stories.

PS. I’ve heard that a sense of homesickness is a growing issue for people in our culture since we tend to move around a lot. I’m such a homebody, I guess it only makes sense that I would long for that sense of being back home sometimes.

Going Home to Portland + a Drive By
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