J and I are planners, and we like to plan ahead for projects around the house. There's a saying that God laughs at our plans, and sometimes I think that our house is His comedy club. We've been aware for years that our deck would need to be replaced, and made it a savings goal this year to complete the project this summer. Just for kicks, I decided to ask Lowes to give us a quote on fully replacing it for us. Apparently Lowes is my comedy club! While much faster, going the non-DIY route is also at least three times more expensive than we planned for. We now have a DIY Deck Building book and a promise from my dad to help when we're ready to tackle it ourselves.
Luckily, the MP has provided us plenty of time to read the book and plan our deck. You see, we need new gutters. As in, the snow and ice this winter gouged out a gap between the gutter and house, and the foot of rain we've received in the last month has done more damage than we can live with. So, while we want to use the money we saved all winter to replace the deck, we have to spend most of it on gutters (and the wood to hold them up) instead. Argh. MP Comedy Club, open for business.