|A microwave and range hood combo seemed like an economical way to add some contemporary style to the kitchen.|
|What better way to show off the property's major amenity than to put a seating group on the deck overlooking the water?|
While Mr. Carpenter installed the microwave, and hung the new kitchen cabinet doors, Mr. Lucky and I worked outside to spruce up the deck.
It would have been nice to replace the boards on the 184-square foot deck, but that wood have cost over $500, so instead we just pressure washed it and gave it a coat of Cabot’s solid color deck stain.
I also pressure washed the sidewalk leading to the deck, pruned the shrubbery, and planted some annuals I knew wouldn’t be too demanding (vinca).
The posts surrounding the deck were in terrible condition, so Mr. Lucky bought 4 x 4-inch pressure treated lumber and, using an old post as a template, cut new ones to replace all of them. He bolted them on and then we glued on copper caps and ran a new rope through the post holes. It’s not exactly a safety railing, but the deck doesn’t sit high off the ground. It must be “to code” because all the units in the complex have the same design.
I feel strongly that creating an outside seating area is crucial in staging, especially where there is a view. Now that the deck is done, we can bring over that spare set of outside table and chairs I have at home.