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How to Build a Wood Deck




"How to build a wood deck" is a question that I ask myself more times than you might think. Despite having designed more than I can remember, each one has something that makes it unique and awesome.

“How to build a wood deck” is a question that I ask myself more times than you might think. Despite having drawn up a lot of them in my career, I still find new ways to build them. Maybe I just find them pleasant since they hint at certain lifestyle activities, or maybe it’s because there are so many different possible ways to actually design a wood deck. Either way, I thought today I would walk you through the latest wood deck that’s come out of my office and let you make up your own mind what sort of lifestyle takes place on this deck.The design origins for this particular deck goes back long ways … 17 months in fact (which does seem like a really, really long time ago in “deck years”). The sketch above was the original design concept for the deck for the KHouse Modern project – although it wasn’t actually the first design. Once I got all the moving parts (i.e. Owner interests, concerns and requirements) this is the last version I came up with.The owner wanted a fairly light and transparent handrail surrounding his deck (and let’s be honest, the success of any deck relies on the execution of its handrail) but glass was out of the question – it’s a pain to clean. An aircraft cable handrail was also off-limits because I don’t particularly care for them and they are the typical default go-to solution for a modern design handrail on a budget – which has a time and pace, but this ain’t it.We settled on a painted steel handrail with a wood curb and a wooden ledge (which is a really a place to set your drink … again, this is a lifestyle narrative at work here). I don’t like exterior metal handrails for deck because they get hot – and you don’t want to speed up the melting of your ice by setting your drink down, or get a 2nd degree burn on your forearms when you lean on the rail.This is the drafted up version of the handrail that was created many months later after we had worked out all the sizing and spacing requirements of the deck members. Turns out my sketch was pretty close from the beginning. There were about 5 other details that were created for this handrail but there were already going to be too many images for this post to include them all – I just included this one to show how right I was #scoreboardI thought it would be interesting to show you the context of the yard that the deck and handrail service. This house has a lot of covered exterior living space and this deck services almost all of them. The deck also acts as a pathway from one side of the house around the back to the far distant side. There is a ramp on the left which brings you up to deck level, as well as stairs leading you back down to the rear yard.The...


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