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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
For the Best Decking for a High Altitude, Look for UV-Resistant Materials

For the Best Decking for a High Altitude, Look for UV-Resistant Materials

Designing structures for high altitude settings requires using materials able to adapt to the more strenuous climatic conditions. While wooden decking is more quickly broken down by the higher
Decking for Condos: Choose Low-Maintenance Boards That Can Tough Out Anything

Decking for Condos: Choose Low-Maintenance Boards That Can Tough Out Anything

Most of the condos I’ve worked on are really not so different than the houses I’ve worked on. The main difference is that when I’ve been called to fix some decking at a condo, it hasn’t just
Using Composite Decking for Stairs to Get That Indoor Stair Look

Using Composite Decking for Stairs to Get That Indoor Stair Look

One of my first construction projects was my uncle’s deck, and I vividly recall him saying “good enough for government work!” upon the completion of the stairs. I also vividly recall an endless