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I wouldn't keep that downspout where it is, it might cause some problems later on down the line...Yeah, that is a work in progress. Just a temporary fix until we can re-work it. The drain pipe will wrap around and drain alongside the deck into the Rock landscape that will surround it.
Gotta love those hangers for the boards, some brilliant mind thought those up. Are you 12" or 16" spacing?Joist Hangers are great time saver! We went with 16" On-Center because that is what the city inspector recommended with the deck at 14'x14'. If we had gone out to 16', they would have had to be 12" joists.
Can't tell, but I presume you poured the concrete for the posts?Yeah, we dug out our 42" holes with the help of a Toro Dingo Power Auger (like a little tank with a drill), then filled them up with nearly 400lb. of concrete per hole (5 - 80lb bags). Took a bit of work to level the posts since the backyard is hilly, but we got it straight in the end.
Also surprised to see how low to the ground the house is. Up here, you see very, very few houses that you can just step out of. Most have steps, 3-4 and the elevation of the floor is about 3-3.5 feet off the ground, presumably to allow for windows in the basement. Do you guys have a basement?