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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.