Knowing the limit of your skills can open your eyes to other opportunities.

One of my home projects has been to create an alternative entrance to my house.  I have the normal entrances… front and back, yet on the side we have a door which leads to the verandah.  I have enclosed it with a gate and fence so that our dogs can roam there, yet I really felt that they needed a way to come and go from the back yard.


I wanted to build some stairs form the ground up to the verandah, yet stairs can be tricky.  They need to be very strong to support the weight of the user, durable so that they can withstand the seasons, functional so they do the job intended, and it helps if they look good.  I kept putting off the project till I developed the skills I required for such a complex job.  There was no sense in going ahead with it when I would probably make a mess.

This plan was turned on it’s head a week or so ago when we noticed that my children’s school had several sets of wooden stairs sitting unused and discarded.  Kitty asked the Principle and after donating $30 to the school (much less than the cost of lumber and time) we had a great set of wooden stairs.

When the weather cleared up (no rain) I set about digging the post holes for the base of the stairs which I would need to cement into place.  I made a mistake with the order that I completed the jobs yet it wasn’t a tragic error.  For the majority though, despite my total lack of knowledge on the process, I feel I did a good job.

I think one of the most satisfying parts of the project was cutting away the rails on the verandah.  It signified the end of a project that I had been considering for several years.  With the job done, I and the dogs can come and go from the back yard without trouble.  This will also be great in winter as we won’t have to leave open the back door for the dogs, meaning we should save some heat.


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