Wood deck on a sunny day
Denver and Kara Hawsey’s light brick home now has a rustic wood deck with cable railing that ensures unobstructed views.

This little house belongs to first-time homeowners Denver and Kara Hawsey. They know they’d like a wood deck, but they’re not sure where to start.

The couple have a 4-year-old daughter named Remi and a 3-week-old son named Rye.

They love their big backyard, which has plenty of space and nice shade, but it needs a lot of work so they can invite guests over to a real entertaining area.

We’re here to help!

Old back porch, seen before transformation
Before we added a wood deck, this home lacked character, with just a plain small back porch.

Here’s the plan: We’ll remove the back porch’s existing stairs, handrails and posts. Then we’ll add diagonal braces to support the roof overhang.

The deck will be 20 feet wide and 12 feet deep with new stairs on the side nearest the kitchen door. For interest, we’ll cut out a small area in the center for a planting bed and use horizontal cables instead of traditional railings.


Denver Hawsey removes old porch railing from back of home
Denver Hawsey begins demolition, removing the old railing that supported a small back porch.

Removing the Back Porch

Before we remove posts holding up the roof, we add some temporary supports so we can attack the concrete porch.

We take a sledgehammer to the old railings and stairs and begin demolition. Then we just have to destroy the concrete block that supports the stairs from the back door — that’s easier said than done, but a jackhammer does the trick.

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