The new deck is starting to take shape, thanks to a few hours of work each night after work this week. You can finally start to tell what it is going to look like when done, and get a good feel for the size. It really is taking shape.
When done it will be 20′ by 14′ and even though the perspective of the wide angle lens I shot this picture with makes it look like the left side is much larger than the right, they are both 10′ sections.
I did learn a very valuable lesson though, a simple bubble level can actually be wrong. I had laid out the three beams last night and when I was finished the middle beam was 3″ higher at the end than the other two. I can honestly say that I was baffled as I had paid close attention to my level. What I did find out was that if I checked the same board twice with the level I was using, it would give me two different readings. After a hurried trip into Home Depot and purchasing a new level, things were back on track.
Next steps are to hang the joists. Not sure if I will get this done soon or not, with the 3 day weekend right around the corner it looks like I might not have a lot of free time.