Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Kayak Storage on the Cheap


We know we have been sharing very sporadically this summer, hopefully we will get back into some sort of routine soon.  Today we would like to share our new kayak storage that Ian created for under $30.00.

With just a couple of 2x4's, strong hooks and heavy duty bungee cords, we can keep four kayaks off of the floor of the middle of the garage and easily accessible for when we need them.

The studs in the garage were the perfect distance apart so that Ian could incorporate two into each kayak spot.

He used short pieces of wood to deepen the space between the studs and longer pieces perpendicular to them to add extra support. 

Then he inserted heavy duty hooks into the ends of the shorter pieces, which hold the bungees in place once they are wrapped around the kayaks.

We run one bungee in front of the first kayak, and then stand a second kayak in front of the first and wrap it with a second bungee.

Here is a little bit a pulled back view of it.

The blue kayaks came with two each of these foam pads, for carrying them on top of your car, but they are also perfect to protect the nose of the kayak when they are standing up on their ends.

Even the paddles will tuck in place with the kayaks!

A couple more large hooks hold our kayak wagons on the wall beside them!  We have used these all summer now and they have proven to be a perfect solution!

Sometimes its the simplest and inexpensive options that really are just perfect!

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Ian and Laura

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Deck Modification Phase 3 | Hot Tub

Hey there!  We are back with phase 3 of the deck remodel today.  This time we are sharing the new section of decking that will join the hot tub to the existing deck.

Last we left off, the hot tub was in place but we did not have an entrance way into it.  So while we waited for the electrician to come to do the wiring, Ian worked on creating a new section of deck.

The railing on the left hand side of the stairs was taken down.  Ian's plan was to create a deck level with the landing that is in the middle (well, off-middle really) of the stairs.

You can get a better idea of the location of where the new section of deck needs to sit, from this picture.

So with the addition of new posts and support beams. Progress was starting to be visible.

It always amazes me how long these projects take, if you say "build a deck extension" really fast it doesn't seem like that big of a deal! ha!

Ian secured the old deck, new deck and the hot tub deck all together with lag bolts to make sure everything was super strong and safe.

Te electrician suggest putting the hot tub in position so that the access panel for the motor faces the old deck / house.  Which is honestly not what we thought to do, and necessitated in Ian needing to rotate the hot tub by himself!

This also means that the new section of deck has to have a removable section to access the motor.

He actually had fun, figuring out how to do this.  He just loves this stuff!

At this point the cross-members were installed on the first section of the deck.

And the landing in the stairs got a facelift and some more support beams.  Now it will match the new section of deck.  The whole deck desperately needs a facelift too, but that is for another day.

We decided to run the decking on the landing the same direction that the stairs run, even though we needed to run the decking for the new section the opposite way.

Once he had a few of the deck boards in, he took a break to work on the stairs.  They were in rough shape, and quite rickety.  We had some company coming with kids, and wanted to make sure no one got hurt.

 Taking things apart and trying to salvage the posts, meant he had to be careful with the dismantle.

It also meant we had to work quickly so that the dogs still had access to the yard.

 The new stairs made a huge difference to the look of the deck never-mind the safety of it.

Next up was creating a removable section of deck, for the access panel, as I mentioned.

Ultimately, Ian decided to create an entire section that will lift out as needed but is well supported underneath.  It worked like a charm!

We love the way the new deck section and stairs look and feel.

 It is going to make for easy access to the tub.

This is about the time that the electrician came in to do the wiring for us.  $1500.00 later, we were ready to fill the tub.  We knew that one of the jets was not working when we got it, we didn't realize that meant we needed a whole new motor.  This model has two motors and the one that needed replacing has two levels, so it was quite expensive to replace.  The new ones run about $800.00, we managed to find a used one for $400.00.  Thankfully Ian was able to change out the motor no problem, so now we are in business!  Time for a fill and a cleaning! Then a drain and another fill!  The tub got christened with it's first use, by our youngest when it was only 67 degrees!  Brrr!

Next up are new railings on the stairs and the front of the new deck. WE also want to re-surface the upper deck and skirt the whole thing.  Add some lighting.  Divide the yard in half so the dogs have their own side when we need to keep them separate. And on and on.....  It is a process for sure!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura and Ian

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Deck Modification Phase 2 | Hot Tub

Boy ave we ever been ignoring our little home renovations blog.  But behind the scenes we (well Ian) have been really busy.  And we are also trying to enjoy some summer activities, too!

Today we are sharing phase 2 of the deck modification / hot tub installation.  When we left off last time we blogged about the back deck / hot tub work we were about to finish decking the top of the hot tub pad, wrapping up that project.  With the top of the complete, we were able to put the ot tub into place.

We borrowed this large trailer from a friend to bring the hot tub up to our home by the lake, from where we got it (about 3 hours away).  We could not have done it without this trailer. Ian needed assistance from a hot tub moving company to get it out of the yard it was previously in and onto the trailer.  It was a tight maneuver and so it was money well spent to get it out and onto the trailer in tact. If you are wondering or find yourself in a similar situation, it was $450.00 for the removal.

Once the tub was home and the deck complete, Ian drove the whole thing into our backyard.  We had to temporarily take down an small section of fencing, but it wasn't a bad job at all.

Then he back up to the tub deck, avoiding dropping the truck or trailer into our firepit.

Okay you can see better in this photo that we had to move our deck stairs yet again!

Ian lined up the trailer right to the deck, with a minimal amount of effort.  I do not say this lightly as he really doesn't like backing up with large trailers.

And then he used his legs to push the 800 lbs hot tub onto the deck all by himself!  We do not recommend this but we had little options so he went for it.  You can see in the photo that he was pretty pleased with himself.

But he was thrilled with this... perfectly level!  Awesome!

One more piece of the puzzle is done!

Now we need electricity hook ups and a way to get into it!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura and Ian