Wood Decks

Building a deck.

Adding a Deck and Landscaping the First Time Homeowner House

Watch this video to see how we installed a pressure treated wood deck, landscaped the yard, and added a crushed limestone driveway to our First Time Homeowner house.

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Freshly stained wood deck.

Whether to Paint or Stain a Wood Deck?

Marian asks, “Our 10-year-old pressure treated wood deck is a dull, dingy gray. Can I paint the wood deck successfully?”

Stain is a better option than paint when finishing a deck. Read on to find out more.

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Installing tongue and groove ipe flooring with stainless steel screws

How to Install Ipê Wood Flooring on a Porch

Ipê is a dense, tropical hardwood which grows in South America. It makes a great flooring material for porches and decks, since the wood is naturally resistant to moisture, fungus, insects, and rot. Watch this video to find out some tips on how to install ipê flooring on a porch.

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Finished back porch addition with fireplace

Foundation and Framing for a Back Porch Addition

The back porch addition for this historic home included a large fireplace and decorative scroll cuts in the bottom of the exposed rafters to match the design on the house. Watch this video to see how it was done.

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Laying wood deck board on a deck

How to Build a Wood Deck on Your Home

Adding a wood deck for outdoor entertaining and relaxing is a great way to get more enjoyment and add to the value of your home. Watch this video to find out the steps involved in adding a wood deck to your house.

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Finished built-in bench corner seat on deck

How to Add Built-in Seating to a Deck

Decks are great for outdoor entertaining, but you need to have plenty of seating in place first. To make this deck more party friendly, we added built-in corner bench made from treated lumber. Watch this video to see how it’s done.

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building a deck foundation

How to Build a Deck Foundation

Building a deck starts with a sturdy foundation. The foundation needs to be able to easily support the weight of the deck materials plus the live load of those using it. Here are the steps I take when constructing the foundation for a deck.

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rotten porch railings

How to Repair Rotten Porch Flooring and Railings

Since porch flooring and railings are exposed to the elements, they can rot over time. When repairing or replacing rotten wood on a porch, be sure to use rot resistant materials and paint or stain all sides and ends.

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