1001 Ideas for Decks

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As with all of the books in the 1001 Ideas series, 1001 Ideas for Decks is packed with design solutions, building techniques, and the latest information on deck materials, including cutting-edge recycled and composite materials. 1001 Ideas for Decks leads the reader through the design process, material selection, safety concerns, and basic building techniques with a lively, easy-to-follow format. Matching the deck to the house, lighting, multilevel decks, and deck built ins are all covered. Hundreds of photos and...

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Overview

As with all of the books in the 1001 Ideas series, 1001 Ideas for Decks is packed with design solutions, building techniques, and the latest information on deck materials, including cutting-edge recycled and composite materials. 1001 Ideas for Decks leads the reader through the design process, material selection, safety concerns, and basic building techniques with a lively, easy-to-follow format. Matching the deck to the house, lighting, multilevel decks, and deck built ins are all covered. Hundreds of photos and illustrations that bring in the latest in deck design trends to life help homeowners plan and dream about their new deck.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580113335
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: 1001 Ideas
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Provey is the former chief editor of Family Handyman, Mechanix Illustrated/Home Mechanix, and Practical Homeowner magazines. He has authored several home improvement books, including the Creative Homeonwer titles Better Lawns and Design Ideas for Flooring, as well as many articles for national home and garden magazines. Provey began his career as a carpenter and now lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     8
Deck Design Basics     12
Where to Put It     14
The Importance of Exposure     16
Fit Deck to Floor Plan     18
The Right Height     22
Maximize Your Best Views     26
Ensure Privacy     30
Use Natural Assets     32
Tools of the Trade     34
Determine Size and Shape     36
One-Room Decks     38
Multiple-Room Decks     42
Choose a Shape     46
Getting On and Off     52
Door Options     54
Folding Walls     58
Stair Design     62
On-Deck Traffic     68
Improve Yard Traffic     70
What's Your Style?     72
The History of Decks     74
Today's Decks     76
Period Pieces     80
Custom Guardrails     84
Railing Kits and Systems     88
Skirts and Skirting     92
Decking Size and Pattern     94
Color Your Deck     96
General Deck Lighting     100
Selecting Materials and Hardware     104
Traditional Wood Varieties     106
The Exotics     108
Pressure-Treated Wood     110
Synthetic Deck Materials     112
Aluminum Decks     117
Plywood Decks     118
Posts, Beams, and Piers     120
Finishing Options     122
Buying Lumber     124
A Primer on Fasteners     125
Hidden Fasteners     126
Build It Safe and Sound     128
Permits and Codes     130
Lighting for Safety and Security     132
Safer Stairs     134
Deck Safety Checklist     137
Whether to Build It Yourself     138
Get More From Your Deck     140
Raise the Comfort Quotient     142
Wind Screens     142
Shade Umbrellas     146
Other Shade Devices     148
Screened Enclosures     150
Privacy Structures     154
Privacy When You Want It     156
Gazebos and Other Deck Structures     158
Outfitting Your Deck     164
Deck Furnishings     166
Building Deck Furniture     168
Deck Storage Ideas     170
Decorative Lighting      174
Spas and Hot Tubs     178
Ornamental Water Features     180
Grill Areas and Outdoor Kitchens     182
Fire Pits and Fireplaces     186
Deckscaping     188
Integrate Deck to Yard     190
Deck Planters     194
Choosing Planters     195
Rail Planters     196
Through the Deck     198
Building Around Trees     199
What to Plant     202
Choose Well-Behaved Plants     204
Gallery of Great Decks     206
Ground-Level Decks     208
Raised Decks     214
Under-Deck Drainage Systems     218
Multilevel Decks     220
Specialty Decks     226
Deck Plans     244
Resource Guide     272
Glossary     278
Index     282
Credits     286
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