Having a deck built was not a big item on my things to do list, but when I first arrived in Oregon, we actually had some rain. And that reminded me what the farm is like in the winter months—-a muddy mess. Well, I’ve tracked the great outdoors into my tiny house for about two months now, and I realize that I will need a mud room.
I am very pleased with how the deck turned out. It has greatly increased my living space, and I really love hanging out there. It’s also nice to step down from my house onto the open space, especially at night, when I look up at the stars. Standing on the steps just didn’t do it for me. It also felt a little dangerous.
Now that the deck is complete, I will plan to have an solid awning attached to it. The deck does not attached to the house, and I plan for the awning to be the same. That’s a bit tricky, but I believe doable.
Once the awning is complete, my mud room will be in place. I actually plan to attach a coat hook to the outside of my house where I will hang my waterproof coveralls and raincoat, and place my mud ruck boots. It will give me a place to put those things on, and take them off, and hopefully limit the amount I track into the house. Of course, the dog is another thing. He hasn’t learned to wipe his feet, and he usually makes a mad dash for the l0ft when he enters the house. Hopefully, he will get into the routine of letting me towel off his feet on those many rainy days.
Here are some pics of the deck in progress and finished. And of course, my poodle “Pepper” who has become a farm dog in his own right. If I hadn’t already renamed him “Pepper”, I would have opted for the name “Shadow”, because he follows me wherever I go on the farm. He even chases me on the riding lawn mower and the gator. He’s a real trooper!