With autumn on the way, it’s the perfect time to enjoy cool air again, and building a deck is an excellent (and affordable) way to expand your living space into the outdoors. Creative Homeowner’s Ultimate Guide to Decks: Plan, Design, Build offers in-depth advice on how to design a deck that meets the needs and expectations of your family, develop a reasonable plan for construction, and select the right tools and materials for the job.
The first five chapters provide important information regarding common challenges in deck building, the process of getting building permits and inspections, and careful selection of lumber that is durable, pleasing to the eye, and splinter-free. The thorough step-by-step instructions include projects ranging from digging post holes and pouring concrete to framing and bracing to adding stairs, railings, and benches, with helpful tips throughout on using your tools safely and effectively. The book concludes with a section on finishing and maintaining your deck after the job’s done.
The Ultimate Guide to Decks is a highly practical guide that even the builder with the most basic knowledge can use to create a fresh outdoor space. But it’s also worth noting that the Guide provides a strong emphasis on style as well, furnishing the pages with dozens of photos of various decks to inspire the mind’s eye. Who knew that decks could include built-in ponds, curved benches and planters, stairways descending gracefully into pools, gazebos, and warm lighting overlooking the hot tub? Now that’s a good reason to get back outside.
Cory, Steve, and Mike McClintock. Decks: Plan, Design, Build. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Creative Homeowner, 2005. (Softcover) ISBN: 1-58011-148-3