Building Porches and Decks
from editors of
Fine Homebuilding

Softcover
215 x 275mm
156pp

Published by The Taunton Press, Connecticut, USA.

R.R.P.$24.90

ISBN 1-56158-539-4

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Extract from back cover of book:

To get the best results when building or remodeling, you need advice from the best professionals in the business. For Pros By Pros books bring together expert designers, builders, and remodeling pros who have written for Fine Homebuilding magazine.

Porches and decks add beauty and value to a house, and also make it easy to enjoy being outdoors. But these spaces have to be properly designed and built to stand up to the weather.

Experienced builders rely on a combination of weather-resistant details and innovative new materials to guarantee long life for the porches and decks they build.

Written by the pros who actually do the work, these articles will help you to:
- Install flashing that will prevent water damage.
- Build both open and screened porches.
- Choose between solid wood and synthetic decking.
- Install exterior trim that resists weather damage.
- Design and build curved decks and porches.
- Extend the life of a deck with proper maintenance.
- Design and build railings for decks and porches.

Note: Some American building methods may not be compatible with Australian Standards.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial

Contents

Introduction

PART 1: OPEN PORCHES
- Two Lessons from a Porch Addition
- Porches That Won't Rot
- Building a Grand Veranda

PART 2: SCREENED PORCHES
- A Screened-Porch Addition
- A Builder's Screen Porch
- A Screen Porch Dresses Up a Ranch
- Adding a Seasonal Porch

PART 3: DECKS: CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIALS
- Deck Design
- Choosing Materials for Exterior Decks
- Controlling Moisture in Deck
- Lumber Details for a Lasting Deck
- Getting a Deck Off to a Good Start
- The Care and Feeding of Wooden Decks
- Building a Curved Deck with Synthetic Decking
- Railing against the Elements

PART 4: DECKS: DETAILS AND DESIGN
- Exterior-Trim Details That Last
- Learning Curves for Decks
- A Comfortable Outdoor Bench
- Innovative Deck Railings
- A Furniture-Grade Deck
- Fantail Deck Stairs

Credits
Index