Decks

Under Deck Storage

Could you use some additional storage space for all your backyard clutter? Bikes, lawnmowers, garden equipment, pool supplies, unused outdoor furniture and any other unsightly items can be safely and easily stored under your deck with a few modifications. Under deck storage systems are convenient and often inexpensive.

You can either seal the deck or construct a separate container for storage. It is easier to purchase a waterproof storage unit than to waterproof the deck. Measure the space available before shopping for a pre-made storage container. If you are building a deck, design it so that it fits around a large waterproof container or shed.

Ceramic Tile Deck Design

1950s modern style tile patternHow many times have you thought how great it would be to do a ceramic tile mosaic or pattern design on your deck or patio? This is becoming a very popular trend. There are many things to take into consideration when planning to tile an outdoor raised structure.

First and foremost, you need to know what is involved. You will have to ensure that you make the surface suitable to lay your tile on. To do this you will need to have a sloped substructure that allows for ¼ inch of slope per foot and it should slope so that water can run off the edge of the deck.

Applying Semi-Transparent Deck Stain

Using a stain to color and seal a deck is one of the most popular ways to finish an outdoor wooden deck after it has been built. Many individuals prefer applying semi-transparent deck stain to their wooden decks because the transparency of the stain allows the natural beauty of the wood to show through while still imparting enough color to the wood to make the appearance of the deck more dramatic. Applying semi-transparent deck stain to a wooden deck it not difficult and by following a few simple instructions, the homeowner will have the deck that they desire.

Wooden Deck Styles

When considering wooden decking styles to build you need only be constrained by four things: your imagination, the size and shape of the area you’ve got to work in, your budget and your skill level as a DIY home enthusiast.

Designing a Wooden Deck

Adding a Lattice to a Deck

These days, many people have decks in their yards. And, typically, they are several feet above the ground; both for storage and to keep the underside dry. Adding a lattice to the deck is also an excellent way of dressing it up.

Getting Started

First off, you’ll need some 1” by 1” framing wood to hold the lattice in place. With a countersink drill bit, make holes in the wood at 4” intervals. Next, cut the wood into 6” segments; be sure each piece has two holes, and that they are about 4” apart.

Using galvanized deck screws, attach each block to the floor joists on the underside of the deck. Be sure to recess them back about half an inch; that way the lattice will end up flush with the deck.