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?
SYNTHETIC DECKS: No Maintenance, Low Maintenance, Mo’ Maintenance – What care will your synthetic deck need?
Synthetic decking manufacturers promise “Low Maintenance” — but what does “low” mean? Will you have to scrub your deck once a month or just hose it off once a year?…There are 4 threats to your deck…In summary, you have two choices..
The 5 factors you need to know that determine a deck’s cost
That new deck will cost WHAT? Deck costs can surprise you….Five major factors affect the price of a deck….So instead of paying $1,500 for rails, you’re suddenly paying $6,000. Ouch!…But some companies actually do more….What does a deck cost?…the most professional answer is published by….
A Pool Deck Solution
A client came to us with a design challenge….We explored all this in great detail….The design meeting is always fun…We adjust the design elements until….Here is the design. What do you think?
How Safe is Your Deck?
How safe is your deck? Every year residential decks fail and collapse, killing or injuring homeowners, their family and friends….Two primary causes of catastrophic deck failure are improper attachment to the house and inadequate footings….you can easily remedy this yourself….But correcting inadequate footing requires a professional….
Eight Tips for Maintaining Your Mahogany Deck
Mahogany is a great wood for outdoor decks, be it Cambara mahogany from South America or Meranti mahogany from Indonesia […]
Planning to renovate your pre-1978 house? Take note.
Earth Day… New EPA regulations take effect today that impact renovation projects on older homes…The dangers are real and serious…
Low Maintenance Wood for your deck? Really?
So, you love wood, real wood, but hate the maintenance. Wood is warm and rich; ….It is strong and natural and authentic. It is not trying desperately to look like something it isn’t….How about wood that needs no maintenance?…
Which Cedar for your new Deck?
Cedar is the All-American Classic. It is light, strong, beautiful, and naturally resists decay. Cedar has several advantages as a decking material….But cedar’s softness is a real limitation… If you really like cedar (of any type) consider it for rails,…
Is Mahogany too expensive for your deck?
Surprisingly, mahogany decking costs less than most other outdoor wood….People choose mahogany for its appearance and value: rich, dark color and hardwood durability — but at a moderate price.
Choices for your Wood Deck — An Introduction
Wood Options: So you’re not enamored with all those plastic-looking, artificial, “low maintenance” decks. You like Real Wood….it’s fairly hard and strong. It has that lifetime warranty, and…it’s the least expensive outdoor wood. Not bad.
The Loverings still Love their Front Porch
The porch must look as if were part of the original construction of their classic, 19th century New England home….respecting the home’s original architecture and paying careful attention to the construction details….But they did not recognize that the porch was new….