Seeing potential in our home has always been a fun challenge for my husband and I. We prefer to start with a clean slate and add finishing touches that fit our style. One main thing our home lacked on the exterior when we moved was curb appeal. We made plans early on to add a patio and landscaping to the back so that we could enjoy the views, pond, and entertain friends and family.
If you are looking for a way to add a deck skirt but don’t necessarily want the look of lattice, this tutorial might be for you. We loved that there was great storage under our screened in porch but really disliked that everything was visible.
We sketched out the look we had in mind to send in to our HOA for approval and began measuring how much wood we would need.
Basic Materials List:
1x6x8 pressure treated boards
2×2 pressure treated boards
The first step for us was to add new support boards to the interior of the posts that would allow the horizontal boards to be flush with the posts. You can see from the pictures above what this process looked like. New boards were added first, then the old exterior boards were removed from the sides.
Step two, we ran 2×2 posts along the deck posts leaving space for the horizontal boards to be attached to them and remain flush with the deck posts.
Each horizontal board had to be measured individually because the deck posts had natural inconsistencies that happened over time.
Use a piece of scrap wood from you cuts to make a spacer the width you want your boards to be spaced apart. Ours are space just under an inch apart.
It’s easiest to work from the top down when adding each horizontal board as your deck is already level.
The most challenging thing for our project was making a door for us to easily access everything we were storing. We originally planned to make two swinging doors that carried over the deck skirt design but we determined that the weight of the wood would eventually cause the doors to sag. We didn’t want that.
With some insight from my brother, he suggested making a removable panel that would match the deck skirt. The trick was determining a way to hang it so that it would be removed easily. We decided to add lag bolts, two on each side of the opening, from Home Depot.
We notched out the sides of the door panel, at an angel, to allow for the homemade door to easily drop on and lift off when we needed to access things.
We opted to wait for the treated boards to dry out in the summer sun and then prime & paint them to match our trim. After having the natural look of the wood for so long, we began to also love that look but ultimately went with a cleaner look with the white. It has brightened the space so much and now lets our landscaping colors pop.
It’s hard to believe we started with a small concrete slab at the base of the deck stairs and now have an outdoor living area that allows us to enjoy the outdoors so much more.
Please see this post for an easy DIY trash can hideaway.
As I’m typing, 4 yards of mulch is being dumped on the driveway so I guess I need to wrap it up and start filling the wheelbarrow to freshen up our natural areas. Don’t worry, the hubby is almost finished with work so we’re going to work together while the kids play outside on this beautiful Spring day.
Let us know if you have any questions. Tag us if you tackle this DIY deck skirt, @4havenssake on Instagram & Facebook, we’d love to see.