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Designing and Building a Mid-Century Modern Deck

Designing and Building a Mid-Century Modern Deck

I blame Mad Men. Others blame baby boomers nostalgic for their childhood days, or perhaps their first homes furnished with hand-me-down furnishings recovered from parents’ garages or flea markets.
Decks for a Two Story Home Create Multiple Outdoor Spaces

Decks for a Two Story Home Create Multiple Outdoor Spaces

Not too long ago, a friend of mine hit upon building a deck as a way to give his large family more space. It eventually worked out great, but as a DIY project it was far more than we were prepared
Deck Ideas Above a Walkout Basement: Create a Living Space without Damaging Your Deck

Deck Ideas Above a Walkout Basement: Create a Living Space without Damaging Your Deck

Not too long ago, a young lady bought the house behind mine. It was built on a slope with a walkout basement and a deck above the basement. One of the first modifications she made was to add lights
Deck Ideas for a Split Level House

Deck Ideas for a Split Level House

A few years ago, one of my old friends met and fell in love with a single mother. He already had his own home, and at first, that was plenty of room. Then they had two daughters, and he and his wife
How to Build a Steel Frame Deck

How to Build a Steel Frame Deck

After living a few years with a pressure-treated lumber deck, the boards have likely splintered or faded to a silvery gray that has a shabbier look than you’d like. If you’ve decided to replace
Choosing the Best Composite Decking for Cold Climates

Choosing the Best Composite Decking for Cold Climates

One of my good friends recently got to buy some property out west, and he built his family dream home in the hills of the Rockies. When it came time to build a deck to take full advantage of those
Why Using Reclaimed Wood for Decking Might Not Be a Good Idea

Why Using Reclaimed Wood for Decking Might Not Be a Good Idea

I love the concept of upcycling. I’m typing this post from a much-loved reclaimed wood desk that was born because I spent all my money on high-speed computer equipment, and wood pallets are free
Ipe Wood Vs Composite Decking: Comparing Cost and Performance

Ipe Wood Vs Composite Decking: Comparing Cost and Performance

  Let’s say you’ve just purchased a home. Newly renovated kitchen? Check. Updated windows, frames, and trim? Check.  Tidy, attractive landscaping? Check. Splintered, rotted-out deck in the
Should I Repair or Replace my Deck?

Should I Repair or Replace my Deck?

In maintenance shops around the world–whether they’re responsible for maintaining lawn mowers or supersonic fighter jets–the preventative maintenance schedule is an unforgiving