BrianVandenBrink51, contributing photographer | January 22nd, 20161 comment
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.
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...
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...
Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | October 8th, 2015
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.
AndyEngel, senior editor | August 6th, 20154 comments
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...
BrianVandenBrink51, contributing photographer | July 31st, 20151 comment
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.