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Plan An Outdoor Deck Project and Man Cave

Updated on April 7, 2015

Outdoor Covered Deck- Party Deck

My out door man cave! An early photo without the front porch railing and outdoor blinds on the front.
My out door man cave! An early photo without the front porch railing and outdoor blinds on the front.

Plan an Outdoor Deck Project

An outdoor deck and patio area can be a wonderful addition to your home. When you plan an outdoor deck project at you home there are many different options that you may consider. Recently, at my home we added a 20 feet by 20 feet covered deck or pavilion type structure with a large bar. I want to share with you what we did at our home and perhaps you may consider doing something similar at your home.

Coveting My Friends Deck

First, we had been a part of a social group that I had seen at someone else’s house that had a similar but smaller structure. I liked that you could go outside and sit at a bar and watch television, listen to music and be by the pool. Now at my house we have had an above ground pool for some time now along with a covered patio area with a concrete slab and aluminum cover for about ten years. The patio area we had was fine but not really very big when we had company over. The addition of our new covered wooden structure adjacent to the old patio has really expanded our area for back yard entertainment and enjoyment.

Deck Foundation

Do it myself of let someone else do it?

I decided to let the man that built my house and his handyman carpenter build the structure. My builder and I walked out the project and talked about what we wanted and they go to work on it. The picture here shows the foundation being prepared and built. Regular fence type posts were buried into the ground on the four corners and one in the middle on the two sides and in the back. The front needed an extra post to avoid some underground plumbing. This actually worked out good because we were able to build a small entrance way to the structure in the front between the two front posts that were in the middle which turned out nicely.

Grooved Plywood Looks Great

Front Porch Railings

My daughter poses in front of the front porch railings.
My daughter poses in front of the front porch railings.

Deck Lighting

After very much debate with my wife, we decided on the droopy lights hanging from the rafters. These are outdoor round white bulbs.
After very much debate with my wife, we decided on the droopy lights hanging from the rafters. These are outdoor round white bulbs.

Outdoor Bar

My carpenter made this bar and I got a counter top company to put the slabs of granite on it.
My carpenter made this bar and I got a counter top company to put the slabs of granite on it.

Deck Construction Begins

Once the bottom of the structure was in place my builders put the roof on. Now the metal roof material would not work without having something to secure it to. The idea was to get some plywood that had a grooved underside that looked like strips of wood. This was placed on the roof first. On top of it were some more pieces of wood that the metal was secured to. This prevented the nails and screws from coming through the plywood. It turned out nicely. The picture here shows the roof from under the structure and you can see the nice grooves from underneath that looks appealing. I thought this would look better than just the metal underside of the roof material.

Finishing Touches

After the roof was done, my wife stressed the need for some railings. She felt that it needed something to give it a finished look. We decided on a railing on the back side and on the back half of the far side near the back corner closest to our fence. My builder said he could make a sturdy railing as opposed to lattice work and they once again did a good job. They also put railings on the front step entrance which set it off nicely. Sometimes, a woman’s touch on stuff like this works out just right. The railings on our covered deck were a good idea for sure.

Electrical and the finishing touches

Of course the electrician came and ran all the wiring for the television and outlets and outdoor graded ceiling fan. The lighting was a point of contention as I wanted just some rope lights but my wife wanted the round string hanging loop lights. We put one strand of lights in the rafters but it was too dark so once again my wife got what she wanted and got her string of lights hanging from rafter to rafter.

The Bar

The bar was the next big part of the project. My builder and his carpenter built the base for the deck. It was “L” shaped and about 10-12 feet in length. We left an area where a large capacity mini-fridge could fit and that too was a good idea. I considered putting in a sink but decided against it because of the cost and trouble to tie in to my sewage system. A local counter top company installed to large pieces of black granite pieces together to make this beautiful bar come to life. It was about $1,800.00 for this but worth it. It looks great. In this picture ti the right you can see the new gas grill I got and the furniture set to the right corner.

Party Tunes and More

Then we had to furnish the deck wife some nice furniture from Home Depot which was about $800.00. We decided on cheap bar stools in a box from target for about $40 a piece. I also needed a new grill and chose a cheaper off brand model for about $300. I bought speakers and an entry level cheap television for behind the bar and a receiver to play music from our iphones. We wired that all up and after that, it was deck staining time to preserve the wooded structure which my son and I did over a period of time. We sprayed and rolled the deck floor and brushed the bar and railings. The sprayer didn’t work too well. I recommend that you just roll the deck floor to avoid blotches which was a problem for us.

Deck is Ready for Fun

My kids enjoy some hotdogs and burgers on our new deck.
My kids enjoy some hotdogs and burgers on our new deck.

Outdoor Deck Project is Completed

Total cost of everything was about $10,000. This is a lot but we just absolutely love our new deck and plan on getting many hours of fun with our family and friends on it. I hope that this helps you with your ideas at your house and thanks for reading. I'd love to hear your comments below on what you like most about my deck project or what you may have done differently or perhaps stories about your own deck project. You may be wondering about the ebay or Amazon ads seen here in this article featuring deck related products. If you choose to make a purchase by clicking through to these reputable online companies, I will earn a small commission for referring you there. You will pay NO MORE than you normally would from using those websites. It would be your small way of repaying me for the work I've done here in this article. Thanks and I really appreciate it.

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