2013's Hottest Decks are Crazy for Color

Use Ultra-Bright Accessories and High-Energy Hues on Your Deck this Spring and Summer to Stimulate your Senses and Boost your Spirits Color is everywhere this year. Gone (…yawn…) are neutrals’ days of design dominance. Just ask Pantone. Widely acknowledged as the leading authority on color trends, Pantone has named Emerald 17-5641 Color of the Year and forecasts Lemon Zest, Poppy Red and Nectarine to be popular as well. Likewise, Sherwin-Williams predicts June Day, Kumquat, Exuberant Pink and Gladiola will make a big splash this spring and summer.   For deck enthusiasts, there’s nowhere more... read more

Decorate for the Season with Homemade Ice Luminaries

Photo credit for images: www.bhg.com Whether you find decorating for the holidays a joy or a chore, many of us focus more on making the inside of our homes merry rather than the outside. But as the days grow shorter and colder, a bright, colorful focal point outside your windows — enjoyable both day and night — can really boost your mood. One way to add decorative fun to your deck posts, front porch, steps or walkways is with homemade frozen luminaries. This craft project is perfect for one person or the whole family. Children of all ages can participate, but it’s an easy do-it-yourself for... read more

A Whole New Reason To Give Thanks For Your Grill

If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor kitchen, there’s no better time to use it than when the weather cooperates on Thanksgiving. With more dishes than will fit in your indoor oven, and recipes needing to cook at different temperatures and for different lengths of time, your outdoor kitchen has never been handier. But with or without an extra oven on hand, don’t let your turkey hog all your precious cooking space. Grill that bird instead! Some grills offer fancy rotisserie options, and if you have one, take advantage of it. But even without a rotisserie, you can roast your turkey inside... read more

Creating Cozy, Outdoor Conversation Nooks

  Finding the right feng shui for your deck can sometimes be a tricky business, because ultimately, you want your outdoor living space to offer at least a few different cozy seating areas for conversation. Achieving a comfortable balance between all your various deck features is key. After considering where to cook, dine, perhaps where to roast marshmallows or where to put your hot tub, you may be left wondering where you can simply snuggle into a couple of comfy chairs or a pair of soft chaises to relax with your family, a neighbor, a good book or a glass of wine. Here’s where the phrase... read more

New Blog Coming and Simplify Your Life

It's August already, and the first week of the month is National Simplify Your Life week. We thought it would be a great time to announce our new Lifestyle Blog to be introduced this month with our new blogger, Denise Cripps. We already share stories around decking, construction, energy savings and more, but thought we could round it out with the addition of some lifestyle stories on how to enjoy these things and how they may affect your everyday life or style perspective.  To give you a taste of what's to come, Denise wrote the following story in honor of National Simplify Your Live Week.... read more

How to Plan for the Deck of your Dreams

With temperatures on the rise, does your mind often wander to the sunny days of spring? Maybe you long for the activities only warm weather can provide, such as outdoor barbecues, sharing ice cream with the kids, or watching the sunset from your favorite Adirondack chair. Many of these cherished activities center around one area of the home: the deck. If your house doesn't have a low maintenance composite lumber deck, or perhaps the old wood deck you have leaves something to be desired, now is the perfect time to take action and make a plan. That way, when warm weather arrives, you're ready... read more

Building a Deck or Updating a Patio Takes the Family Room Outdoors

When you’re planning on building a deck or thinking about a deck renovation or patio project, consider how you’ll use your outdoor living space. Outdoor kitchens are popular, but you might also consider creating an outdoor family room with a cozy seating area and warming fireplace. Outdoor family time is a great way for family members to reconnect with each other while also enjoying the outdoors. When you’re planning your outdoor family room, keep in mind that you’ll want to incorporate many of the elements your family enjoys in their indoor environment. Your inside family room probably... read more

Tips for accessorizing a deck on a budget

Building a deck from scratch or remodeling an existing deck with new railing? There are plenty of ways to make your wood deck or composite wood deck stand out—and it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.Here's a short list of cool and unique ways to make your deck area pop without breaking the bank:add unique features to railing with decorative post caps or postcoversincorporate metal or glass baluster infills to your deck railbuilt in bench seatingincorporate deck stone transitionsinstall low-voltage or solar deck lightingplace colorful plants on your deck and stairsincorporate colorful... read more

Great decks start with solid deck plans

Building a deck and going on vacation have at least one thing in common: upfront planning leads to fun and relaxation. Don’t fall prey to disappointment and additional expense by failing to consider the details. Below are some of the items you need to consider when planning a deck.Local codes and requirementsHave you checked the local building codes? Have you followed sound building practices? Does your neighborhood owners association have special requirements? Few things are more troublesome than having to redo work because some building requirement was overlooked.How will you use your... read more

How to hire the right deck builder for your decking or railing project

Adding or updating a deck to your home's outdoor living area can be a significant investment, so you’ll want to make sure you have a top notch deck builder working on your wood or composite decking project. It’s critical to make sure you hire a experienced, reputable contractor with a history of quality deck building and satisfied customers.Doing your homework will help make a good choiceGet recommendations from your friends, family and local lumberyard and then check in with the Better Business Bureau for a list of members in your area. Look for yard signs and see what work is underway in... read more

Deck Safety - Faulty connections can lead to deck collapse

A deck collapse that injured over 20 Washington and Lee University students at a Friday night party was apparently the result of the deck's "faulty attachment" to the house, according to a Rockbridge County (Lexington, VA) building inspector.With approximately 40 (some accounts are up to 80) students on the 440-square-foot lumber deck, the structure pulled away from the side of the house and collapsed. Dawn Watkins, dean of students at Washington and Lee, said school officials are already having discussions with landlords and city and county officials about "the minimum standards of... read more

Decking Poll: When will you build or update?

Spring is here and so is the start of deck building season. It's a good time to add a composite lumber deck or update old, worn out deck railing with new balusters infills or alumnium railings. Participate in our poll and let us know when you're planning to build or update your deck this year. Online Surveys & Market Research read more

Lattice—a versatile deck add-on

If you have a deck or are planning on constructing a deck, then consider installing wood lattice or plastic lattice as an accent or barrier. Installing lattice on your deck is a great way to accent your outdoor living area and add privacy. Commonly used as skirting, lattice is a perfect solution for keeping pets and other animals from digging or nesting under the deck. Adding lattice to your composite lumber deck or pressure treated decking frame also allows you to create a hidden storage area and helps conceal the otherwise exposed wood deck support posts. Lattice can be used in a variety of... read more

Make a splash with pool decking and railing

Composite decking is an excellent choice for above or in-ground pool decks. Whether you're a do-it-yourself or a professional deck builder, consider installing composite deck building material in your pool or spa area for its aesthetics, barefoot friendly, slip-resistant surface and its low maintenance performance. Most composite lumber deck boards now days are available with hidden fasteners and in several attractive colors to complement your home and outdoor living area. When planning your new composite lumber pool deck, don’t let the deck railing system be an afterthought. There are several... read more

Key residential deck railing requirements

Whether your installing a composite railing, treated wood railing or a metal deck railing, it's important to keep your deck, porch and balcony safe by installing a structural deck railing when required. Properly installed, a structural railing reduces the risk of injury and gives you peace of mind. Whether you’re installing a deck railing system or a licensed builder is constructing/installing one for you, make sure you know when and why a structural railing is needed. Structural Deck Railing Requirements Structural railings used in residential applications must meet specific requirements as... read more

Deck kick-outs provide added space

Don’t let the footprint of an oversized grill station, bench or storage box take up your deck's entertainment area—maximize your space with a deck kick-out. If you're considering remodeling an existing deck, or if you’ll be constructing a new deck, consider incorporating a kick-out to create added deck space. Deck kick-outs look great with virtually any type of decking material, like lumber decking and composite wood decking. They're also especially useful if you plan to entertain, but have limited space. You may even decide to have multiple kick-outs in your design plan, as they will provide... read more

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