A Little More About Our diy Party Deck

A Little More About Our diy Party Deck

The last time I mentioned our ‘diy party deck’ was back in April when my husband had officially nailed in the last nail. It was a complete DIY project that we decided to tackle ourselves, after we quickly realized the final project costs to pay someone to complete the work for us {after all our must-haves}. Doing the work ourselves saved us more than 1/2 the price of the estimates that we were quoted. The production time was a little longer than expected, but well worth the wait.The project was started last July and worked on through the end of September until we had to break for winter; The final touches were finished this past April. My husband drew the initial plans and we had them reviewed by an architect and close construction friend to make sure the structure met all the coding. The enlisted helping hands of friends and family made the project possible in the end.The deck adds an additional 1012 square feet of outdoor living space which I absolutely could not be any more happier with. We do a lot of summertime entertaining so it is perfect for our guests.We went with pressure treated lumber {opposed to composite decking} for two reasons; one mainly being the cost of the composite decking. {with the amount of square footage it was almost impossible to do budget wise}. Second we wanted to keep with the natural feel of the surroundings since our home is nestled in the woods. We wanted the true look of natural wood and thought it would fit perfect in our setting. With that we have to accept the upkeep and staining {which is its own project in itself} though very rewarding in the end.For an optimal ‘scenic’ view from the deck we choose aluminum classic balusters in black from Deckorators. I love the design and style they add to the railings when combined with the natural wood; plus the virtual maintenance free upkeep was an added plus. Keeping with the classic look, but adding a little modern twist, we used copper high point post caps to finish off the posts. 8X8’s were used for the supporting deck posts and 6×6’s for the railing posts to keep everything in proportion with the size.When it came time to furnish our new outdoor space I was at a loss as our glass top patio set looked like a kiddie table in comparison to the size of deck {mind you it sat eight}. I scoured home and garden stores the beginning of the season searching for the perfect set with no luck. In the back of my mind I envisioned an outdoor bar/restaurant scene with several high tables and stools {complete with the mismatched bar logo umbrellas… yeah you know the ones} I could not find anything that kept with the natural feel I was looking for or did not break our bank account.I definitely did not want anything with glass again, Just too hard to keep clean and not very durable for my active little guy. I wasn’t really sold on cushions or anything that involved fabric. The elements just kill them and we are not very good ‘put your cushions away every night’ kind of people. Not to mention the price of replacing cushions now-a-days costs just as much as purchasing a new set.I wanted tough, sturdy, durable and something I could take a hose to at the end of a party and call it a night. I searched for three straight months changing my mind every week until my husband came to the rescue again {I will not say for sure, but a little persuasion and bargaining may have been involved}We ended up with three 40X40 bar height tables and stools all made from scratch. It took approximately two weekends to complete and I can honestly say a lot easier than then it originally looks. Build plans are kind of intimidating but if you follow them step by step and have the right tools you can make these too!

I’ll be posting the plans and build details of the bar tables and stools in a separate post shortly.

There is still quite a bit left on our to-do for the space, I am just so excited to see it starting to come together. I am so proud of my hard working hubby. {I’m so grateful for many things} Thanks for letting me share this space. Enjoy!

Current updates to this space can be found here: Outdoor Living Space


  1. OH WOW! Beautiful! It looks like a resort! Love the umbrellas and lanterns. Great job!

  2. That is truly a party-worthy deck!! What a great space – you guys did an awesome job! can’t wait for you to share those plans : )

  3. Awesome! Can’t wait to see the plans. Love the red umbrellas and lanterns. Looks all ready for your next party!


  4. That is really lovely!! It looks like it could be connected to a fancy restaurant!

  5. so, do you by any chance live in the middle of nowhere Montana, cause if so, I want to come to the next dinner party! I could pitch a feaking tent on that deck!!!

    Nice work, no go pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy the view.

    Thanks for sharing!1

  6. Stephanie,

    I’ve found over time that doing projects ourselves is a thousand times more work and a thousand times more rewarding. Your deck is incredible; you and your hubby should be very proud. I am looking forward to the furniture plans and will be setting my hubby to work when you post them! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  7. It’s beautiful, when should I come over? I’ll even help you clean up since all we have to do is hose it all down. πŸ™‚ Lisa~

  8. oh my!! oh my!! thats beautiful.. I’m here from FJI.. and am here to stay.. πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Stephanie Lynn-
    My husband and I built our deck together 16 years ago. It is large and does require maintanence, but was so worth it as we use it constantly. Yours is beautiful and so nicely designed. I bet you can’t wait to have your first party on it now that it is almost complete.

    My best – Diane

  10. That is absolutely fabulous! What a great hang out/ relaxing place! Great job!

  11. What a fabulous place to entertain, just love it. I have two tables and need to change out my umbrellas. I’ve been debating lime green or red. Thanks for helping me decide that red is just the perfect summer color!

  12. I want that PARTY DECK in my backyard ASAP! Just beautiful and peaceful…perfect πŸ™‚ You guys did a great job!

  13. as I explore previous posts, I want to do SO many projects on our home RIGHT NOW πŸ™‚ Oh and your pirate birthday party theme…ADORABLE!!!

  14. Oh Stephanie Lynn, it turned out fantastic! I love the black decorative spindles on the deck and the bar tables with the red umbrellas looks great! I love it! You guys did a great job!

  15. I’m amazed and seriously impressed! It’s beautiful. I’d say magazine worthy!! πŸ˜‰ Wow.

  16. It is gorgeous Stephanie! I am completley in love with this. I have had a few sets of plans printed out to try something…but have been chicken. My deck looks a lot like yours…not as high or as much square footage…but real lumber (redwood) and deckorators balusters…so it was like a sneak peek at what I could have. AMAZING! You out did yourself!

  17. I Love that deck. My HH and I would love one like that. Someday. We are in a similar boat, not enough money to pay someone and my HH doesn’t have the time right now to do it. I will just have to pop onto your blog and enjoy yours for the time being. Tell your HH it looks fantastic. Love his skilz!~

  18. Your deck is simply stunning. I love the railing, the black you picked is not only pretty but lets your eyes go to the lovely woods. If I had this deck I would never go inside. Great job.

  19. Shut up. You made the furniture??
    Truely amazing. Feels like a chic outdoor restaurant. Love the pops of red.

  20. That’s just amazing. What a neat space for entertaining.

  21. Awesome! When we built our deck, eons ago, we had a carpenter frame it out and we finished it. Saved us a lot of cash. Can’t wait to see more from you.

  22. I’m loving that whole thing! But mostly, I just want lanterns and lights in my backyard (that don’t belong to the city) Oh well, yours are lovely. (and I bet the ones UNDER the deck look dynamite at night! So great! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Red umbrellas are hard to beat when it comes to looks. Your deck is awesome!


  24. What an amazing deck!

  25. I love that deck. The tables are so perfect for that space. You both did an amazing job. I want to come for the party. Ha.

  26. fantastic!! wishing you all the best times on the great deck!

  27. Your deck is beautiful!

  28. Oh… how fun Stephanie Lynn! Love the red umbrellas and the lanterns… great tables!! And I see your flower pots are there too!! What time is the party? (:

    Kendra @ Creative Ambitions

  29. WOW! That looks SO good! We are planning a deck redo here shortly and I may just have to copy some of your ideas! Question…are there stairs that go from the deck to the yard?

  30. I think I’m in love, Stephanie Lynn. πŸ˜‰ Your deck looks fabulous. I think my favorite part is that you all kept your love of entertaining in mind as you built. πŸ™‚

  31. Oh goodness, there you go again. Not only did you like make stuff from scratch, your patio lanterns are wicked cool! Gorgeous outdoor space you must simply adore! My SNS sidebar needed this. Thank-you. πŸ™‚


  32. Wow! That is so amazing. It really does look like a restaurant patio!

    And isn’t that the trade off – cheaper, but takes more time? ALL our projects are DIY and they are neverending!

  33. Totally beautiful….Its a very rainy day here so blog hopping is the perfect activity. Hope you will visit me…I have a great giveaway that I am drawing for Sunday.

  34. Love it. So inspiring. Now I want to redo the furniture on our deck. So fun!!!

  35. Beautiful! Can’t wait to see more!

  36. You did an amazing job. It looks like the perfect place to entertain, and the smaller tables are a great idea. Have you considered painting or staining the tables and stools? They look great now but a pop of colour might just be the cherry on top! Cudos to you and your hubby for a job well done!

  37. That is awesome! Thank you for sharing!!

  38. As always a great job, and I noticed your planters. We made ours last night and it was so easy…….. I will be taking pictures and posting ours soon…

  39. That is a great deck. You are lucky your hubby is so handy !

  40. Fantastic deck and tables. You should be proud. I agree with one of the previous comments that it looks like it could be the patio of a fancy restaurant!

  41. what a great space!! it looks AWESOME!

  42. That is so beautiful! Breath taking pictures. Congratulations on such a wonderful new living space for you!

  43. So when’s the party?! It’s looking amazing!

  44. WOW! This is truly amazing and gorgeous! Great choice for the outdoor furniture and the red umbrellas look fabulous. It is huge!

    I just found your blog and am enjoying it! I’ll be signing up to follow along and catch up on your posts. I hope you stop by to visit and follow mine as well. You’re always welcome anytime!

    Warmly, ~Melissa πŸ™‚

  45. Just amazing! What an incredible space. We spent most of our time in Florida outside. In Vermont, no so much. But, off to CA and this is so inspiring.

  46. Stephanie Lynn, your deck is amazing. I love how you used the metal rods instead of more wood. They allow you to see the backyard better. You could definitely have some parties on that deck!

  47. That is just so awesome and the table and chairs are as charming as can be and fit the area perfectly!

  48. I cannot imagine a pro doing a more professional job than your DIY. Superb and the punch of color with the red umbrellas is terrific — as I’m sure many have said. Now just enjoy all that work. Hope you’ll stop by and see my garden project. Jane F.

  49. I love, love, love the table and stools, can’t wait for the plans.

  50. Great Photos! Stephanie, I would love to see the top of your patio cover. We have just finished mine and can’t decide whether to paint it or stain it. When I saw yours I kept trying to move the picture up to see the top. ha ha. Maybe from a far view, I promise to take pictures of my deck and cover, it truly was a labor of love! Thanks Stephanie!

  51. This is terrific! I just love the tables that you came up with. They are perfect for the space. How wonderful that you did the deck yourselves! It means even more that way.

  52. Great job! We just built a DIY deck this spring, too. Ours was a fraction of the size of yours so I can only imagine how much work went into it!

  53. Oh, Stephanie! This looks gorgeous! You spared no details and I love how you saved at the same time!

  54. What a great makeover! Everything looks wonderful and I love that you made those tables yourself!!

  55. Wow! That’s incredible! What a beautiful deck and that seating you guys made is PERFECT for that space! I’ve built a deck from scratch before and I know how tough it is, but the result is sooo worth it. I hope you guys enjoy your gorgeous new outdoor addition!


  56. Wow, your deck is amazing! Those tables and stools you all built are so wonderful. I love it. I can’t wait to see the finished deck! So much inspiration comes from you!! ;O)

  57. I always get so excited when I see your thumbnail on a blog party, and I click right over here forgetting that I can’t see your photos from work! I just emailed myself reminding me to blog stalk you Saturday. Sigh. How can I possibly wait that long???

  58. I love your deck…the bar tables and stools are awesome.

  59. I was looking for ideas for a deck and just found your site. You have some great stuff here and I will bookmark your site.

  60. Did you ever post the plans for the table and stool? I’m wanting my DIY hubby to do this for me and would love the plans. Thanks!

  61. I don’t see the plans linked to this project. Do you have those?

  62. Could you please provide me a link to the tablebar stools you made for your deck. I would really like to make a few of those.

    Thank You

  63. Could you please provide me a link to the tablebar stools you made for your deck. I would really like to make a few of those.

    Thank You

  64. A link to the plans is what I was referring too. Just realized I didn’t specify that.


  65. I too am interested in seeing the plans for the hi top table and stools….Thanks your work is awesome!!

  66. Stephanie … I’d love the plans for patio/deck table and stools too! Have you linked to them on the blog yet?
    [email protected]

  67. Wow awesome!you did a great job on it Stephanie and I believe that it does not matter how large or small your deck is you can make it an inviting, warm, and functional extension of your home. Just like what I did in my own deck and it was really fantastic because I bought the furniture from homefurnitureandpatio.com, and I was glad with what they have.

  68. I love the Bar table and stools. Do you have a tutorial or link on how you made them.

    Would love to make a set for our deck!

  69. I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorites website list and will be checking back soon.

  70. Please send me the link for plans as I love them!!

  71. Very very very very beautiful, Stephanie!!! I LOVE it!!

  72. Did you ever post the build plans for the tables and stools? I love them and would like to try making them. I searched your blog but couldn’t seem to find them. Thanks!


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