Posts by Tom O

Designing Composite Decks with Ramps That the Disabled Can Use Comfortably

A composite deck with ramp

When I worked at the Canaveral National Seashore, we built boardwalks over the dune so visitors could visit the beach without treading the plants of the dune underfoot. These also provided a human-free underpass for the local wildlife. Every third one of these boardwalks had to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act…

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Composite Rustic-Look Decking Boards Bring Home Comfort Outside

Rustic-look decking can be composite or wood.

My friend has spent almost all of her life living in the heart of the city, and on the fast track in school and in her career. Now that she’s bought her first home, the sensibilities that kept a one bedroom apartment downtown tightly organized, clean, and livable have turned a three bedroom two bath…

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Curving Composite Decking to Create Fanciful Deck Designs

Curving composite decking is tricky but rewarding.

When most people build a deck, they’re looking for a place outdoors to gather with their friends and family or enjoy their coffee on a weekend morning. While they’ll pay attention to the appearance of the deck, it’s usually just to keep it level and all the boards straight. Less attention is paid to the…

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