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Spectacular Spot for a Deck

Spectacular Spot for a Deck

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As I'm sitting down to write this post, it's about 15 degrees outside, with a stiff breeze and a forecast of heavy snow in the next couple of days. Seems like a good time to think about being someplace else, like maybe sitting on this deck on the island of St. Barth's in the French West Indies.

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Clean Deck in One Day Restoration Process without Drying Time

Clean Deck in One Day Restoration Process without Drying Time

Deck is your favourite space at the exterior of the house. You can spend your leisure time sitting on the deck and experiencing the cool weather outside. Even you can enjoy get together or dinners...

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Transparent Deck Railing on a Budget - and to Code

Transparent Deck Railing on a Budget - and to Code

We wanted a very transparent deck railing that would conform to code. A simple way to gain transparency is to use glass fill-in panels. However, we were looking for a lower cost solution and did not...

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Rustic Blue Ridge Home

Rustic Blue Ridge Home

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Integrity's Ultrex products blended in with the rustic look of the house and achieved the overall look the architect had drawn for the house.

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Rehabbing a Deck

Rehabbing a Deck

Why rehabbing a deck often means tearing it to the ground first

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Westport Tree House

Westport Tree House

From every vantage point in the house the home owners can see eye level with the beautiful, mature deciduous trees surrounding the residence.

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Park Cottage

Park Cottage

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This cottage was conceived as a shingle style building meeting the preservation requirements of the community.

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Deciding on Your Home Spa Design

Deciding on Your Home Spa Design There is a lot that can be said for a luxury bathroom or a home spa. Whether you're looking to build a sauna, a steam room or a full on indoor hot spring, a home spa...

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Off-The-Wall Ledger Spacing Using Screws

Off-The-Wall Ledger Spacing Using Screws

The IRC only permits ledgers to be spaced ½ in. away from the wall when using ½ in. through-bolts. Now there are avenues you can follow to use structural screws. Great news for new decks on old houses.

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Deck Building Donts

Deck Building Don'ts

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Eleven major deck-building sins to avoid.

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Poor Construction Leads to Another Collapsed Deck

Poor Construction Leads to Another Collapsed Deck

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I've been following news about deck collapses since 2007, and I've read dozens of stories related to the topic. In every single case I've seen, shoddy construction was the cause. This deck collapse...

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Thoughts On Hardwood Decking

Thoughts On Hardwood Decking

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Tips on working with hardwood decking and a link to a source that explains some of the various species.

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Coventry Plan

Coventry Plan

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This home features a large bow window (with 15 windows) that highlights views of the back yard/pool, which is striking from the rear elevation.

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Cantilevered Balcony Safety

Cantilevered Balcony Safety

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Recently, a cantilevered balcony collapsed in Berkeley, Calif., killing six people. The evident reason was wood rot, caused either by poor initial construction or by a lack of maintenance. An article...

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Summertime... And The Livin Is Easy

Summertime... And The Livin' Is Easy

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What's better than relaxing by the sea and enjoying a summer day? This deck, cantilevered off the side of a remodeled cottage in Sorrento, Maine has the right stuff to do just that. The views overlooking Mount Desert Island in the distance provide the right background for this perfect little deck. Design by Priestly Associates, Architects of Rockport, Maine.

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Opening up a home.

Opening up a home.

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Taking a home "down to the studs"

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Small footprint- Big view

Small footprint- Big view

A small lot size made for some creative solutions.

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Deck Demon Demolition Tool

Deck Demon Demolition Tool

While some may consider it therapeutic, we can probably all agree that demolition is a lot of work. The Deck Demon is designed to make the job of tearing a deck down a whole lot easier. The 8 lb...

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Getting Footings Right

Getting Footings Right

Footings might not be very glamorous, but the reality is the quality of the work above doesn't matter all that much if the footings below fail. When footings fail the results can be truly...

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Understanding Deck Stain

Understanding Deck Stain

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Last year, I stained my deck. It was a small project, but one that was a few years overdue. Can you relate? I spent a significant amount of time on the prep work, as expected the stain went on...

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