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Topic: Decks & outdoor living

Jul 27, 2016
Nov 23, 2016

Contrite with concrete and look for outdoors living concrete stained and a fire pit

Aug 6, 2015
Oct 3, 2016

Yes, we almost use Thermory exclusively now. The product is amazing and I really cant think of any negatives as opposed to Ipe that shrinks and is super heavy. We just used Thermory on our own home.

- Sean Sullivan, Living Stone Construction

Jun 7, 2015
Aug 20, 2016

I have seen some extremely nice patio umbrellas with large bases that can cover quite a large area on a patio. These do not attach to the home and usually do not attract HOA disaprovals. I'd also recommend observing some of your neighbors and see what they have done to create shade on their patio. Finally contact your HOA and see what they suggest.   

Jul 27, 2016
Aug 20, 2016

There are several options you might select to create a "usable" outdoor area for you, family and friends. 

1) Have a concrete pad poured to extend the current pad you have or to create a new one. These are durable and last decades with the minor issue of possible cracking. 

2) Create a backyard stone pad. Stone pads look great and don't have the cracking issues of concrete pads. 

3) If cost is a major issue, create a pebble or gravel area. Although it's not the best idea to walk on barefooted, it does create a flat area for a picnic table or beach chairs for example.

4) A gazebo is a wonderful way to create a sitting area outside that that doesn't have a patio. It also creates shade and is quite eye pleasing. 

5) A wood or composite deck can create a great outdoor area and it doesn't necessarily have to be attached to your home. 

Once you chose your method of backyard area, accent it with solar or electric lights, sun shades, furniture, plants and yard art to make it trully yours and to add character to your outdoor living space! 

Feb 15, 2016

A professional deck builder with industry knowledge will be able to help answer all your questions such as what size deck is allowed in your town, different configuration ideas and other available options.  You can visit our website and contact us with any questions you may have.  Here is our site:

Feb 15, 2016
Mar 15, 2016

Consult a professional.

Whether it's 12" or 12' off the ground there are too many safety and code issues for the average homeowner to tackle. Better to do it right than to regret it later.

Jul 23, 2015
Feb 16, 2016

WE concur with Jeff and Jason although as a company we LOVE none wood decorative posts or engineered productrs. We are in the SOUTH.

Feb 15, 2016
Feb 16, 2016

Ask Your Wife First!!! Happy Wife Happy Life... and Hire a professional Do Not attempt this under taking witht he amout of recon and intel You have provided here.

here are a few industry terms

  Deck Building Terms

Deck Diagram

Here are some of the terms you'll need to know to complete this project:

Beam: A horizontal support member (Also see post.)

Decking: The material installed over the supporting framing members to which the roofing material is applied

Edge: Either of the two longer sides of a board, perpendicular to the face

Face: Either of the two wide surfaces of a board

Footing: The base on which a masonry wall or other support rests. It spreads out the load to prevent settling

Joists: Horizontal framing members that support a floor or ceiling.

Pilot Hole: A small-diameter hole that guides a nail or screw

Post: Any vertical support member

Rim Joist: The outermost joist in a structure's floor framing

Rise: The vertical distance from one point to another above it; a measurement you need in planning a stairway or ramp (Also see run.)

Run: The horizontal distance a ramp or stairway traverses (Also see rise.)

Screed: Leveling concrete, sand or other material by pulling a board pipe or other straightedge across it in a sawing motion

Three-Four-Five Triangle: An easy, mathematical way to check whether a large angle is square. Measure 3 feet along one side, 4 feet along the other. if the corner is square, the diagonal distance between those two points will equal 5 feet.

Toenail: To drive nails at an angle.

Jul 1, 2015
Nov 6, 2015

You can try clear plexi-glass type panels, if your trying to keept their heads from getting stuck between the balusters.

Aug 6, 2015

Marty Brummel of M.K. Brummel PRO answered:

Aug 28, 2015

Sorry, I have never heard of it. Ipe is very nice, but a bit expensive. Keep in mind, sometimes you get what you pay for.

Marty Brummel

M.K. Brummel, Inc Fine Remodeling and Building

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