Monday, July 18, 2005

Deck Design Patterns

Viewing deck design patterns has many advantages while you are planning your deck building strategies. If you want a challenge for your first deck experience or if you have already built a basic straight design deck in the past -you may now want to learn more about deck design patterns options .

Lets have a look at the main differences between building a standard deck - perpendicular to the ledger - and doing a more complicated pattern:

  • For the base frame under structure of your deck you have to add double joists, blocking (noggins) and/or additional joists spaced closer together.

  • You will have to cut many more decking boards to size

  • This means that you will have to spend more on materials

  • And devote more of your time to the actual deck construction

Is is worth it you may be thinking!, well we believe so, the stunning effects of some of these deck design patterns really help to create an individual deck design to enhance your home and be really proud of.

Laying decking boards is the really exciting part where your dream deck plan becomes a reality, when using more advanced deck design patterns you will be making much more use of your power meter box, a handy home improvement tool that will help you cut boards to length and at the right angle to follow your choosen deck design pattern.

There really isn't anything like illustrations to make the different options really clear and help you choose which deck building method will be right for both your home and your skills - so first of all - take a look at my favourite elaborate deck design - know as the Diamond Weave Decking Pattern

This article has an illustration showing why you will need to include a double joist cross in the center of your base frame structure.

I'll be back tomorrow with more deck design patterns options for you...

Until then - enjoy your deck design
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    Tuesday, July 12, 2005

    Free Deck Plan

    Have you been looking for a free deck plan?, you might have discovered that most of the plans available are only as good as the information and details they give you on how to actually put the plan into action for your deck construction.

    Well we have decided to spill the beans and have just included a free deck plan article to our home improvement and financing "deck design" portfolio. What is important about this article - especially for anyone who is looking for a good basic deck plan with which to enhance their home - is that we have included a couple of plans and numerous detailed illustrations and explanations on how the deck should actually be put together.

    Once you understand the basics of deck building as explained in this article, it will help you to go on and design and build your own deck in time for this summer.

    Find out how high or how deep your deck should be to suit your needs and your home, our top tips at the end of the article will help you to build a long lasting deck.

    Here it is - hot off the press - Your Free Deck Plans

    Enjoy your Deck Building Success
    Arpad & Susan
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    Wednesday, July 06, 2005

    Deck Constuction

    We had such a great response from deck construction visitors to Home Improvement and regarding a recent article we published on "Deck Building Footings Options", especially regarding the illustrations which helped clarify the different deck foundation methods, and hopefully highlighted the real benefits to the build and the better chances of increasing property value with a well executed deck construction by properly cementing in the footings.

    However, many wrote to us with questions about the very first step in deck construction..., what is the best way to actually dig the holes for the post footings. Digging enough holes and digging every single one deep enough to reach below the frost line of the soil seemed like such a back breaking first step task that it was actually putting people off starting their deck construction project altogether.

    So, along the lines of the other well received article: Deck Building Footings Options, we got busy again with our Corel Draw software to create more illustrations to help make the point that digging MANY narrow - deep holes in preperation for using an 8" cement tube to be filled with cement to create solid foundations - can be made easier by using the right tools and equipment to help make light work of this messy first step in deck construction.

    This article has just been posted on and is now available to you - find out what the tools and equipment available are and how to more easily get over the digging part so that you can get on with the more enjoyable part of deck construction - actually putting the wood together and creating your very own deck design - it's here at Deck Construction - Digging Holes for Post Footings

    Please tell any friends or family who are planning to build a deck construction this summer, that publishes articles on deck design and deck construction with a view to helping people around the world to accomplish correct deck building to improve the quality of their home life with the excellent entertaining space an attractive deck provides AND (if done properly!), also improve the value of their homes.

    Enjoy the article...
    To Your Deck Construction Success!
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