Deck Designs: Plus Pergolas, Railings, Planters, Benches

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For homeowners, one of the most challenging aspects of building a deck is choosing a design that works both functionally and aesthetically. Deck Designs, an updated and expanded edition of Creative Homeowner's leading deck book, offers a comprehensive guide to planning and choosing a deck that enhances the home while also serving the family's needs.

The first part of the book covers topics such as how to decide on a design, tips on identifying uses for the structure, and common...

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Overview


For homeowners, one of the most challenging aspects of building a deck is choosing a design that works both functionally and aesthetically. Deck Designs, an updated and expanded edition of Creative Homeowner's leading deck book, offers a comprehensive guide to planning and choosing a deck that enhances the home while also serving the family's needs.

The first part of the book covers topics such as how to decide on a design, tips on identifying uses for the structure, and common building themes and variations. Part 2 offers readers some of the best designs from four of the top deck builders in the country. Featuring 31 professionally-built structures, more than 280 full-color photographs and illustrations, Deck Designs provides countless ideas for creating these beautiful additions. Amenities like overhead structures, railings, benches, and planters are also detailed, making this book a complete, one-stop resource for planning and choosing a new or remodeled deck.

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This lovely book of sample deck designs by Cory (Decks: Planning, Designing, Building) has enough variety to meet most needs and desires. Pulling from the creativity of four regional designers, the author offers drawings and specifications for deck plans meant for a commercial or highly experienced builder. Besides the showcase of designs, photographs show off variations, with attractive layout throughout. That said, this book is more inspirational than instructive. For actual how-to instructions, you'll need to go elsewhere. Recommended for larger public libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580112697
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.58 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Deck Designs

Table of Contents

Introduction...8

Part 1: Designing Your Deck...12
Making Design Choices...13
How Will You Use Your Deck?...15
Enhancing Your House and Yard...29
Theme and Variation...37

Part 2: The Designers’ Work...40
Decks by Kiefer: Bob Kiefer...42
Tilted Square...48
Sleek Retreat...54
Raised Deck with Sweeping Overlook...58
Front Porch/Deck for a Corner Lot...64
Veranda with Turned Balusters...68
Rambler with Metal Railing...72
Multi-Retreats on Multi-Levels...78
Elevated Deck with a Sweeping Staircase...82

Casa Decks: George Drummond...86
Floating Octagons with Walkways...92
Aboveground Pool Surround...98
Getting It All in a Small Space...104
Twin Decks Surrounding a Porch...110
Cozy Deck with Benches and Planters...114
Making a Square Deck Livelier...118
Nearly Square...124
A Deck Built for Entertaining...130
Poolside Deck...134
A Shaded Area to Enjoy the Views...138
Small Details Enhance Great Views...142

All Decked Out: Gary Marsh...146
Sweeping Elegance in a Small Space...152
Sheltered but Open...158
Shady Garden Spot...164
Soaking and Dining Areas with Shingled Siding...168
Square Corner with a Twist...174
Stately and Symmetrical...178
Promenade with Circular Viewing Area...182

Decks Appeal: Rick Parish...186
Freestanding Deck with Spa and Fire Pit...192
Circular Eating Area...196
Two Low Levels with Angles and an Overhead...200
Curves and More Curves...204
Pagoda Platform....208

Directory of Railings, Planters, Pergolas, and Benches...214

GlossaryÉ215

Resource GuideÉ216

IndexÉ220

Photo CreditsÉ223

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