Midwest Explorin'

Off Roading in the land of beer, brats, and cheese.

Since moving in to our house last December, my wife and I have talked about how nice it would be to have a pergola and outdoor space to use (our house is not large by any stretch of the imagination). So for the last couple of weeks I have been pulling together plans and ideas for a combination floating deck / pergola. We would have done a normal deck, but we do not have an entry way on the back side of our house, and there is no convenient place to put one in. We settled on a 16x16’ floating deck with a (roughly) 10x10’ pergola.

So this last weekend, my father-in-law, who has built several decks to my none, came over and we got to work. Since our deck is not attached to the house, and is at ground level, we used deck blocks rather than pouring concrete. These GD blocks were the worst part. Thankfully my FIL borrowed some surveying equipment from his company, and we were able to dial in the height of each block perfectly. This is especially helpful since there is a pronounced slope to our yard.

It took us the better part of the day to get each of the blocks (28) into place and rest of the first day to get the general frame of the deck done.


The following day went much quicker. It took us about 8 hours on Sunday to finish everything up, which included two more trips to Home Depot for additional hardware. Thankfully we got done when we did, since roughly a half hour after we finished cleaning up, we got nailed by a severe thunderstorm.

Here is the final product.


At some point I will likely build benches and planters for the beveled sides, and a step to cover the exposed deck blocks. It was a tough project, but quite cost effective. I believe it cost around $1,000 before tool purchases (I needed an excuse to buy a circular saw). After the wood has dried in 6 weeks or so, we’ll need to stain it. Not bad for a desk

Here is collage my wife put together of us working on it. I'm the bald guy.

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