Custom Carpentry Work
Built to customize your outdoor living space
Construction has wrapped up on a large deck with built in bar, storage and night lighting. Have our team design you a customized deck to fit your home. We specialize in any other type of custom carpentry work as well as pergolas, pavilions, gazebos, trellis, cabanas, fences and sheds.
Enjoy summer this year in your backyard by creating additional living space for you to enjoy outside. A deck can increase the value of your home and add to the overall property appeal. Our professional carpentry team can help you design your outdoor space and maximize potential by adding additional storage underneath the deck.
Choosing Your Material
The choice of deck materials is determined by the level of maintenance, budget, purpose, and aesthetics. Identify these options on a list of priorities to find the materials that are ideal for the deck plan.
The commonly used structural material for decks is pine treated wood. Finish materials could include: pine treated wood, cedar, redwood, composite (combination of wood and plastic), vinyl (PVC), tropical wood such as Ipe, and even bamboo. Choose paint or varnish based on the type of wood selected and its maintenance requirements. Aggregate is a nice option for a material below the deck to help water drainage assimilate into the soil without runoff.
|Pressure-treated (P.T.) wood||Medium||Medium||Yellow-green; can be stained / painted||$|
|Ipe||Heavy||Hard||Brown-tan, olive, black brown||$$$$|
|Composite||Heavy||Medium||Several color choices avail. per mfr.||$$|
|Vinyl||Light||Soft||Several color choices avail. per mfr.||$$|
|Euro-tile, P.T. wood||Medium||Medium||Yellow-green; can be stained / painted||$$|
TREND IDEAS AND DESIGN TIPS
- Be creative. Any combination of materials can work if the homeowner can imagine and then engineer it.
- Add outdoor lighting designed for the deck, its furniture, and designed areas.
- Consider having some of the deck’s edges curved rather than straight.
- If the deck surface is less than 2’ high, the deck will not need railings. If the stairs’ treads are more than 5’ long and wide, the railing could be avoided. Check with local code restrictions.
- Planters can be built-in on top of the railings. Flower box railings could be ideal for a railing that surrounds an eating area.
- When designing the deck, think about how sculptures and artwork can fit into the design.
- Wide top railing can be used to support drinks during entertaining events.
- If the deck has a knee-high wall that defines one edge, its base could be wide enough to double as a bench.
- Use the wall of the home adjacent to the deck for installing latticework for a collection of potted plants and other décor.
- Construct tables and benches of the same finish wood material to match and complement the deck’s design.
- Combine a variety of materials to add depth, such as black rails with wooden balusters.
- Make the deck and backyard as comfortable and as private as if it were an inside living room. This idea may include privacy fences and plantings.
- Visit our outdoor lighting articles for ideas, buyer’s guides, and step-by-step instruction guides for adding light features within and above the deck.
- If the project becomes too large for the budget and/or timeline, plan to break up the work into more manageable parts. However, have all the stepped plans approved by the building department at the same time.
- If designing the deck around trees, leave 3’ clearance around each trunk to accommodate growth.
- Fences and deck walls on the side of a deck can provide a screen against closely-set neighbor yards. These types of deck walls can preserve the quietness.
- For an outdoor kitchen, designate a 10’ x 10’ area. Provide a buffer between the cooking and dining areas.
- Patio heaters make the outdoor deck more usable during cooler days. There are both gas- and electric –powered models available.
- When adding a cooking area with a barbecue, consider adding an outdoor cart that can store outdoor linens, glasses, and plastic ware, etc.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
- Plan to clean the deck once yearly.
- For daily upkeep, sweep away leaves and debris.
- Recoat per stain product recommendations.
- Refinish the surfaces when needed.