Anyway, when the guy started ripping it out he found out that our hot tub room, which is an addition, was built on the deck and was the only thing supporting the room. Awesome. Our simple deck project quickly turned into a much bigger project. He had to build supports, jack up the room, and put the supports in place. During the process the drywall cracked and the door out to the deck broke. The door was gross too, so replacing that wasn't a huge deal. I was planning to paint it, but replacing it worked too. We are planning to repair the drywall when we install new, bigger windows in the hot tub room, but we're still saving our pennies for that project.
Back to the deck/backyard project... It's almost complete now. Just in time for winter ;)
Today AJ ripped out a randomly placed bush and a dead tree.
Now we need to fill in dirt (which is surprisingly expensive) and have the deck guy come back and install some stairs. After that we want to lay a patio and plant grass, but we'll probably have to wait until spring to do that. It's almost snow season!