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)

Meet the Author

Steve Cory is a builder, remodeler, and highly acclaimed DIY author. He has written and edited dozens of home improvement books for major publishers, including Affordable Kitchen Upgrades, Affordable Bathroom Upgrades, Deck Designs, 3rd Edition, and Ultimate Guide: Porches.

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Table of Contents

Deck Designs

Table of Contents

Introduction...8

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

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

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

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

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

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

GlossaryÉ215

Resource GuideÉ216

IndexÉ220

Photo CreditsÉ223

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