11.14.2013

Sorry Ass Decks

I am lucky enough to have two roof decks on my house.  The rear deck has a southern exposure with sun until very late in the day. The front deck has a great view of St. Ignatius Church, the Marin Headlands and the tops of the Golden Gate Bridge towers.
Unfortunately both decks are underutilized and look like c.r.a.p. There are a few reasons for this. We are not that often up on the third floor. Generally we hang out in the yard if we want to be outside, and we don't seem to make hanging out and reading in the afternoon sun a weekend priority (sounds like a good idea though, doesn't it?). So this area has not been a priority for me to keep up.

We also had a soft spot in one part of the roof from a leak where the glass attaches to the parapet, so that corner was off limits for a while. I stopped watering everything out there in case the roof also started to leak which equals dead plants.

We also had a major scare when my younger guy decided it would be a good idea to pull over a piece of furniture and swing a leg up over the glass wall (specifically put up for safety) so he could look over the edge and into the yard. Jesus h. christ in the foothills… We took to locking the decks at all times after that.

Well, earlier in the week I replanted in the front of my house and pulled out some tea trees that were not faring too well there. My thought was that I would use them on the deck around this skylight. That skylight looks down into the shower in the master bath and it was always our intention to plant something around there to create a screen for privacy. 

Try as I may, I could never get that jasmine vine to take off. That copper casing, btw, is hiding our just-in-time water heater, which is awesome. It really works and you'd have to be running like two showers, two tubs and a load of laundry for it not to keep up. 

So here are the tea trees now. I've got a couple other things to transplant up here to make it look better and more lush. I'd like to install a timed drip watering system out there too so that I don't have to remember to water. And, we plan to devise an even higher, unscalable safety wall but in the meantime we still keep this locked at all times.


I took this video on my front deck on a beautiful morning this past August. It's about 8am and you can hear the fog horn in the distance. I shot the video because I wanted to capture how beautiful San Francisco can be in the morning when the sun is out, the wind is still and the fog is not too far away.

4 comments:

Linda @ DesignInMyView said...

Interesting that these roof decks would be one of the (fantasy) life style features that would make your home very salable.

When the kids are more reliable to keep both feet on the deck you will be out there more - for sure!

C a i t l i n said...

I hope so. My dream is to put a hot tub out there. We are wired electrically for it and the roof was built to withstand the weight. I'd have to build one of those wooden japanese ones (my preference anyway) because there is no way to crane one of those plastic ones up there with the electrical lines in the front. Need some extra cashola to do it. :)

Anonymous said...

You should NEVER EVER EVER caulk a toilet to the floor.
Do not caulk to toilet to the floor!
The toilet fails when a fat person leans on the toilet the wrong way, and the wax seal can fail.
If the wax seal fails you want your socks to get wet next time you use the toilet, rather that your toilet to fall into the basement due to a rotten sub-floor 1 year later.

C a i t l i n said...

I've always thought that caulking the toilet is standard procedure. Since I tested the flange seal and there are no "fat" people using the toilet in this house, I'm certain that any liquid (i.e.. pee) is running down the front and sides of the toilet (boy pee -ers) and then traveling under the toilet where it starts to fester and stink. It is not due to a faulty wax seal, I'm certain of that. I hear your point on the rotten subfloor but that seems to be also a case for sealing around the toilet! :} -Caitlin