After five months of our temporary ‘deck gate’ – really just a portion of Buddy’s playpen – I decided to find a more permanent solution. I searched a general price range for having a gate built, and it seems like it would be in the $300-$500 range. That isn’t in the budget right now, and I am a light-weight handyman so it isn’t something I’m going to try myself.
Instead, I measured the opening at the stairs leading to the driveway and checked walk-through gates on Amazon. Most gates were not wide enough without buying additional pieces. I found this one that is just wide enough and at less than $40, it seemed like a great option. It came with templates for screw placement on both sides, so it was just a matter of lining it up, drilling and having the pieces turned the correct way. I don’t think I got it lined up and adjusted perfectly, but it’s good enough because we don’t use these stairs very often at all. It’s not my ideal solution, but it is leaps and bounds better than the before:
On a side note, I also got the deck washed and stained a couple of weekends ago. We chose Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Semi-transparent stain in Cedar Toner. Not a huge change in color, but it definitely warmed the wood up a lot.