Reader DIY: Melinda Miller's unattached deck, gazebo and outdoor chandelier

Reader DIY: Melinda Miller's unattached deck, gazebo and outdoor chandelier

Today's installment of readers' DIY projects: a cool unattached deck from Champaign resident Melinda Miller, who sent me tons of photos of her and her husband's project.

I love this project particularly because it's free-standing. It's such a good example of working around obstacles, and seems like it would be really useful to others, especially those who rent or can't attach anything to their homes.

Here's Melinda's project (and if you have a project you'd like me to feature, send it over.):

"We currently live in a trailer park which allows for very little nice outside, backyard space. Rules of the park even state that anything we build has to be completely free-standing and movable, which can seriously limit your deck options.

"But my husband built us the cutest 12-foot-by-12-foot wooden patio/deck (that we could pick up and move if we want to later). We dressed it up with a $100 gazebo and $100 patio set that were on sale at Target. The piece de resistance is the outdoor chandelier hanging in the middle.  Really, I think the chandelier started it all.  My husband saw it at Lowe's and wanted it but had to build somewhere to put it first. The end result is a nice, quiet place for us to enjoy in an otherwise small, unusable 'yard.'  I just love it!"

Because she sent so many photos, I've posted them below.





























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