Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Our Latest Project

Our latest project has been to build a deck with a stock tank pond embedded in it.  I was purusing an Austin gardening blog that provided the inspiration of using a stock tank as a pond and the idea took off from there.  Here is the design that Aric came up with in Google Sketchup.

We finished the design idea in early August and got the materials by the end of the month.  We originally were going to use Trex composite decking but ended up finding someone at Lowes that was extremely helpful - so we changed to Choice composite decking (and saved a lot of $$ in the process).  Our original goal was to try to finish the deck by Oct 25th (we are hosting a baby shower for a good friend at work) - Aric has been diligently working towards this goal.  Austin weather is helping thing - while we are happy that we are finally getting rain - it makes working outside not possible.  Anyways - here are a few photos to show the process.

The first step was installing the stock tank.

Nick and Steph were gracious enough to come help out.  Things weren't going great that day - we made 2 trips to Lowes because the drill bits for the concrete were getting killed.

As you can see, Dalton is managing the project.

This was monday before the guys got started (Oct 19th).  Daniel and Matthew came over to help.

So far we love it!  Aric is planning to take friday off this week (no rain hopefully) to try to finish by Sunday.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


1st post to check all is good!