My youngest just graduated from High School last Friday. About 4 weeks ago we were planning her graduation party. I looked at the old stoop on the back of the house and, before I could catch myself, I asked my wife if she would like a new, bigger deck on the back of the house before the party. Of course she jumped at that. There I was, one lone soul standing with all my friends in an instant pool of regret. Nothing left to do but get to work. Nothing fancy, just a simple 12 foot x 16 foot deck. The pic below shows the fruits of one man's work. Yes, I built it by myself so go easy please. It holds and it's functional. It's not completely finished as I still have to fancy little tops to put on the posts and the spindles on the railings, but it's good enough for the party on Sunday. This may not seem like a big deal to many of you but between my full time job, dad having health issues, taking care of his place on top of getting mine ready for the party, it's been quite a load. We'll see how many people it holds on Sunday.