Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Project That Wouldn't End

By Ellery Adams


Have you ever started a home improvement project that never seemed to end?

We have. All of them seem to be like that, in fact. But this year, we planned to replace our rotting deck and mold-covered paver-stone patio with a never-rot composite deck, weather-treated wood pergola, and flagstone patio and stack wall.
 
Doesn’t sound that complicated, does it?

Well, the weather didn’t help. I don’t think we’ve ever had so much rain in one summer.

And there were issues with the materials. Some of them were ordered, but never appeared or arrived damaged and had to be reordered. Others didn’t quite fit. Through no one’s fault, things just got more and more backed up.

Finally, in August, we got the railings put on the deck and I finished some last minute landscaping and decorating in the hopes of hosting a Labor Day party, but most people we planned to invite went out of town.

 Have you ever had an endless home project? And do you have any ideas for an early September al fresco party?