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Deck, Deck, Patio

I'm building a deck.
More specifically I am building with the help from family and friends a multi layered deck and patio with a storage space and eventual ramp and walkway in the back yard. We are transforming our back yard from a simple grass oasis to a purposeful space with tiers of potential.
So far every week we have progressed a bit further. The task of moving earth is never ending, and I have about a weekend or three of again trucking material in, and shipping material out. It will be amazing when it is finished, but for now it is a bunch of fun/hard work and straight simple labour.
Costs are a factor in any project and we are hitting a few snags here and there. So far I have under ordered, with the hopes that I may be returning perhaps a few items. Time will tell if we are spot on the materials or if compromises are needed. 
The next task will be to build beams, and solidify anchors. Hopefully pour a pad as well.
Pictures will follow, but at this point it is purely a full steam…
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