Distinctive Deck Designs – Creating a Smaller Carbon Footprint, One Deck at a Time! – A Guest Post!

Happy Friday, everyone! On Fridays I start thinking more about the weekend, because it’s almost upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I’m normally pretty ready for the weekend!

Recently my hubby and I had the back yard fenced in with a pretty white PVC-material privacy fence, and it’s opened a whole new range of options for us. One of them that I’m really pushing for is something I’m calling my “Star-Gazing Deck”. I LOVE looking at the stars at night, and I really want a specific place (that can be used during the day, of course) but is specifically used at night to lay out on and gaze at the stars! The perfect thing to do over the weekends, especially!

So imagine my surprise that, as we’re discussing putting a deck in the back yard and the implications of that, Tatum Williams from Distinctive Deck Designs contacted me with a guest post idea! She definitely made ME think, and I hope she’ll make you think, too! Here’s what she had to say…


There are many concerns when building a deck, one of which is what impact a deck can have on the environment. Since trees are constantly cut down to create the great deal of lumber needed for these projects, many people have decided to give composite decking a try. Depending on the company, composite decking can be made mostly out of recycled materials; for instance, Trex decking is primarily comprised of 95% recycled materials while saving 400 million pounds of plastic and  wood from landfills a year. With every green conscious deck that is built, it is important to consider the materials you are using and the landscaping of the location before proceeding.

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On Making Your Own Packing Materials

If there’s two things y’all know about me already, it’s that I HATE clutter…and that I LOVE a bargain. This being said, I’m quite the avid viewer of the Yard Sale Sites on Facebook. Have you seen them? If not, do a search on Facebook for a Yard Sale site for your town/city/county. People post anything and everything on these sites! You can get some great deals, and even haggle prices, right on Facebook!

Anyways, we have a room at the new house call “The Project Room”. The reason for this is, it’s basically an extra bedroom that we’re not using yet. We never really anticipated getting a 4-bedroom home yet, it just kind of happened that way. Down the road, that will be the nursery (and NO, I’m not insinuating or announcing that I’m pregnant!) but for right now, we’ve left it pretty empty. Except for having “stuff” in it.

This “stuff” was stuff I gathered and people gave us while we were looking for homes. When we bought the house and moved in, all the “stuff” that didn’t have a home was put in this room, awaiting the time when it would find its spot around the house. Well, after a while I found out that it wasn’t meant to have a place in the house. So I started posting and selling it on the Yard Sale sites in my area.

Sometimes this requires mailing items to folks. They offer to pay shipping and handling above the cost of the item, and I pack it up and send it off to them!

Except I had been packing and sending a lot…and I ended up with no packing materials left for this last shipment.

So I made my own – with trash bags.

If you blow some air into a trash bag, and then knot it closed, leaving some air inside, it creates a nice little cushion perfect for packing! See?


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