Sue and I are embarking on a home improvement project that would not be possible without the kindness of Blue Moon Construction. This company is just so wonderful. Okay, so it’s (mostly) for Ryan’s benefit, but that’s not to say we won’t enjoy it as well. We’re adding a deck to the back of our house. It’s nothing fancy, mind you, but will serve us well. Pending HOA approval next week, this will begin on September 5th and take a week or so to complete.
Sue said it best in an early email to John Ronay (owner of Blue Moon):
“We never leave home so this is basically takes the place of vacations, social outings, and normal life, so I want to make it nice.”
It’s true too. Ryan’s (and our) relaxation takes place just outside our basement door on the wonderful patio that was put in for Ryan a year-and-a-half ago. Expanding this space (upward) will allow us more room to enjoy it. It will give cover for the patio and let us take advantage of it on more days. I’m actually going to have the awning (purchased through donations) placed above the deck so that it provides cover for two levels!
Another useful outcome is it will give us another way to access the main level. Instead of stairs, we’re putting in a ramp that will level-off and expand by the hot tub. This will be where the spa lift will be installed to get Ryan in and out of the water.
Update: The Spa Lift fundraiser is getting closer to the goal. As of this morning we are nearing 50% of the target. To donate, just click on the “Easy Online Donation” for a one-time contribution and put “SPA LIFT” in the memo/note field. It’s that simple!
At some point I’d like to add some goodies; like a heater/fan on the underside of the deck. You know, like the kind used at golf driving ranges. A few bench seats and planters would be helpful as well. Who knows, maybe next year or the following for some of these things? In the meantime, it’s fun to think about the possibilities.