the abcs of deck building | better homes & gardens，no matter how you slice it, a deck offers a welcome portion of outdoor life. . plus, creating an inviting deck area now gives you an entire season to enjoy good food, good cheer, and good friends outdoors. before you race to . that's because building materials are usually sold in even lengths of 8, 10, or 12 feet or longer
read this before you build your deck | this old house，what will you do on your deck? illustration of family meal on deck. view as slideshow. illustration by eric larsen. let your favorite outdoor activities dictate its size, shape, and features. eat family meals make sure your table will fit comfortably. a good rule of thumb is to add 4 feet all the way around the table so that people..
9 tips for designing the perfect deck - mcclurg，apr 22, 2014 . what type of outdoor furniture do you plan to use on the deck? measure the furniture and allow space for pulling out chairs and walking around. include space for a grill if you plan to use one. if you will be adding a hot tub, fire pit or outdoor kitchen factor the dimensions of those features into your plan
space-planning tips for a deck | hgtv，to determine the size of your new deck, consider how you plan to use it. if you like to entertain, you'll need a large deck with lots of seating. if you plan to grill out on occasion and perhaps dine at a bistro-style table with two chairs, then a smaller deck will do. a family of four that is comfortable dining around a 5-foot-long..
before building a deck, calculate the proper size - tribunedigital .，apr 7, 2001 . just about every new home that i see has a patio or deck. these are great outdoor rooms. trouble is, many are built with very little thought. it seems that the builder just ds a rectangle and starts to build. the deck or the patio looks fine before you move in, but once you start to place tables and chairs you..
sizing decks or patio - ask the builder，q&a /. sizing decks or patio. outdoor | patio text: tim carter. dear tim: my husband and i are getting ready to add a patio onto our house. we can't seem to agree on its size. we intend to have a table and chair set and 4 - 6 other chairs for additional seating. he says that a 10 foot x 16 foot patio will be large enough
how to choose deck size & shape | home guides | sf gate，clarify your dimensions by making a list of the furniture your deck needs to contain, then add enough floor space for easy movement. looking at existing room space in your house can be helpful. a deck for frequent entertaining, after all, is essentially an outdoor dining room.taking a hard look at your indoor dining area can..
home design tips - planning your deck project，let the experts at better homes and gardens offer you some helpful tips and advice on planning your next great deck! a properly planned deck will be tough enough to stand up to the rigors of children's play and assaults by the outdoor elements and versatile enough for gatherings of almost any size. you can have all that..
how to buy deck lumber - the family handyman，fasteners can loosen and your deck can wind up with uneven and unsightly wide gaps between the boards. if you're unsure whether a board is too wet, compare its weight with that of an untreated board the same size; if it's twice as heavy and feels damp, it may need time to dry. you can sticker the wood and let it dry for a..
deck boards - decking - the home depot，shop our selection of deck boards in the lumber & composites department at the home depot. . harbor gray cooldeck sqr edge composite deck board ( 10-pack). model# 13500535 .. keep wooden decks, fences and outdoor structures beautiful for years by building with wood treated to resist insects, mold and rot
decks and hot tubs: what you need to know before you build | deck .，aug 24, 2015 . designing an outdoor space to include a hot tub requires careful planning, from. here are . to size the joists and beams accurately for such a heavy load, most builders will consult a structural engineer or use beam-design charts, calculators, or software packages created for deck builders. if the deck is..
get wise to size: how to furnish an outdoor room, small to spacious，mar 28, 2013 . while outdoor spaces are technically not rooms, the size requirements are similar. much like a dining room or a family room, you will need enough space for your furniture and to comfortably circulate. measure the spaces in your house to determine if a similar layout will work for your outdoor deck, porch or..
contractor tips: build a top-notch deck - houzz，mar 3, 2012 . get an outdoor deck that fits your lifestyle and stands the test of time by keeping these 4 considerations in mind. . your architect, engineer or contractor should size the beams, joists and pier footings so that the deck not only meets structural requirements but also feels stable to the people on it. the higher..
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