What is a “freestanding” deck? Some freestanding decks stand alone in the yard, but many are right next to a house. What makes a deck truly freestanding is that it is self-supporting….But, why would someone want her deck freestanding?…
Factors that determine the cost of a sunroom
Your spouse has been talking incessantly about a friend’s new sunroom. It has an airy, wide open space and great style, but mostly, it has light….Six major factors drive the cost of a sunroom:…
Choosing a Deck or a Patio?
Which to choose – a deck or a patio? A deck is part of your house…a patio is part of your yard. Decks have supporting structure and an elevated floor…Towns consider decks to be additions and tax them…Patios are exempt from those rules…Patios are less expensive….
Can’t understand your deck contractor? Here’s help
Are you confused about deck construction terms? Don’t know a trellis from lattice? I can help you speak like a contractor. Oh, cross that out. Make it: “Speak to a contractor.”
What’s new with Synthetic Decking: Fiberon
Synthetic decking just gets better and better. So what’s new in 2011? I’ll review the leading manufacturers, starting with Fiberon decking….
Are you feeling pressured to treat your pressure treated deck? Options for restoring your PT deck
You loved your pressure treated deck when new,..but you have not treated it for years. And now it looks like this…What should you do? You have 3 alternatives:…
Will Snow Damage my Deck this winter? Tips for clearing snow from your deck
Must I shovel the snow off my deck? Actually, you don’t….Don’t shovel your deck to avoid collapse….Don’t shovel your deck to protect the wood….Do clear the snow to provide an exit path….If you do shovel your deck, here are some TIPS:
Is your deck ready for Winter?
Winter is coming, could your deck collapse from the weight of snow? Are you concerned about the safety of your deck?…Compare the design load of your deck to the actual weight of snow…
3 Key Features for a Super Sunroom
What are the keys to designing a super sunroom?…A sunroom should feel unique….Put those features together…and you have a special room to enjoy in all seasons.
Six kinds of Porches for your home
Porches in America come in several categories….Open Porches…Farmer’s Porches…Screened Porches…and just what is a Portico? or a 3 Season Porch?