The Complete Guide to Building a Deck: Woodbury, Conn., 2015
Build a modern living space with hardwood decking and cable railings.
Synopsis: As part of Fine Homebuilding’s Project House series, host Justin Fink and builder Chris Aherns tackle a deck build. The main beam of this low-level deck rests directly on its concrete footings with no intervening posts. The ledger is dropped below the house framing and is fastened directly to the foundation using expansion bolts. Finishes include cumaru decking attached with hidden fasteners and a stainless-steel cable railing. Photo: Nat Rea
Read past complete deck project articles:
The Complete Guide to Building a Deck: Atlanta 2012
The Complete Guide to Building a Deck: Annapolis 2013
The Complete Guide to Building a Deck: Newtown 2014
Sited at the top of a rise, Gloria and Walt’s house has a great view of a pond that’s surrounded by woods. The best place to take in the scenery had been the grade-level deck in back, but it was 30 years old and had seen better days. It was also too small to host a comfortable gathering. James Moffat of Hutker Architects in Vineyard Haven, Mass., designed a new deck with a similar low stance but increased the length by several feet and refined its appointments. Moffat envisioned the space as two distinct areas: one for sitting and the other for dining. The sitting area would be large enough to include future built-in seating. The dining area would fit eight easily and could expand for larger groups.
To accommodate the door that leads out to the deck, Moffat included a platform that serves as both a transitional landing and a great potential location for a grill.
In addition to the more common aspects of code-compliant deck building such as concrete footings and pressure-treated framing, this deck offers a few solutions to problems associated with low decks. Builder Chris Ahrens demonstrates attaching a ledger to a concrete…