Saturday, February 17, 2007

Patios and Decks Together!

Where there is a deck there is usually a walk or a transition area into the yard. Many of my jobs are exactly this. The best situation is, of coarse, to build them at the same time. To be able to design them together where they work with each other to create different outdoor "rooms." Relax on the patio with the fire pit, join everyone for dinner at the table on the deck and serve your guests from your new outdoor kitchen and bar.

This deck is made from a cedar shaded composite lumber. The benches and arbor are also fabricated from composite materials. I built the wide stairs to aid in the flow into the yard. I usually try and install wider stairs on most decks. They serve as great sitting areas, places for plants and they always look and feel better. I finished the base of the deck off with the wall block that I installed down the walk. This patio pattern is a 6x9 heringbone pattern with 6x6 pavers edging the perimeter.

This deck is is built with Ipe lumber. It's a Brazilian Lumber that is weather and insect resistant naturally. It weighs ALOT and is super dense. It will last 25 years if left alone and over 100 years if it kept oiled. It is very smooth and virtually doesn't splinter. The posts, railings, spindles, facia, trim, decking, risers and treads are all made with Ipe. The patio was laid with 6x9 and 6x6 pavers in a herringbone pattern and edged with 6x6's. The block wall was built to create a planting area.