rental backyard: down to dirt (part 2)

backyard view (July 30, 2015)

After we pulled up all the weeds, Jeff's backyard mess stood out in sharp relief: piles of secondhand wood, pier blocks, an umbrella clothesline, and a stack of shipping pallets all collected for free over months off Craigslist, as well as a couple broken chairs in need of repair and his vintage dining table set and gas grill.

backyard wood piles (July 30, 2015)

He sorted and restacked the wood along the back fence, shifting everything away from where the deck would be. And then he began laying out the heavy concrete pier blocks to work as a foundation for the deck, which would be a low platform unattached to the house.

pier block deck foundation (July 30, 2015)

pier block detail (July 30, 2015)

The pier blocks he'd picked up from a guy in Oregon City who had planned to build a similar structure in his backyard before his landlord nixed the plan. Our own landlord, fortunately, is more laissez-faire, particularly since we're clearly upgrading the property, a nice deck being preferable to a weed patch. Those pier blocks were so weighty I could barely move them even a few inches, so Jeff did all the heavy lifting. I watched, offered moral support, and took photos.

(Build pictures to follow . . .)

Missed the first post in the Rental Backyard series documenting our backyard fix-up? Check out . . .
Part 1: The Tangled Mess

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