Last summer when we bought this house we loved that it had a deck looking out to the back yard, but upon further inspection we realized that it had some issues. The moldy, old look of the boards and the way they sagged when you walked on them made Brian and I think we were going to have to replace the entire thing. Looking at a couple thousand dollar project, we expected we would have to wait a few years at least.
Then, my handyman dad came to the rescue and helped us with our deck transformation. He took one look at it and knew exactly what it needed. The wood of the boards themselves was fine, he said, they just don't have enough support. Sure enough, the supporting boards underneath were spaced about 3 feet apart when they should be 16 inches apart. Dad and my younger two brothers came in, pulled up most of the deck boards, added the extra supports and that was it!
Then came the cosmetic side of things. Again it was Dad to the rescue. We borrowed his pressure washer, and let me tell you, that is a fun project! The dirt just flew away under the current.
A coat of stain and we have a safe, beautiful deck. The picture below was taken a few months after all the work, but I just loved the way the yellow leaves cast a red glow on the entire space.