Decks & Porches

Jul 26 2018

A 4-Dimensional look at deck flashing that works

Mar 8 2018

Seven-part sketchup tutorial with 17 videos covering ground zero (gravel) to final finish. Design on 'paper'—before making sawdust.


Jan 8 2018

Sloppy mortar application means sloppy tile that #Fails

Dec 28 2017

Two videos cover the design questions and construction process of a post and beam patio roof structure


Dec 25 2017

The days of staggering bolts every 16 inches or so are over—especially if you want to step down to the deck


Dec 23 2017

Your own private Idaho—or Argentina—inside the house​

Dec 21 2017

The IRC is a thick book, but there is relatively little aimed at decks. A few sections have a few sentences dedicated to construction of safe and durable decks.

Dec 16 2017

May you build a ladder to the stars, may you climb on every rung ...


Dec 5 2017

Peel and stick Z-flashing and some padding pushes a ledger flush with the face of the thick panels. A cover sheet of peel and stick completely waterproof the ledger before the deck is framed 

Oct 16 2017

Make a pattern using elliptical sticks, and then use a router with flush-cut bit to replicate onto the big stock


Oct 7 2017

As family size contracts, big houses become small hotels

Sep 8 2017

A couple of sticks are all you need to scribe smooth arcs that cover wide work pieces

Aug 12 2017

In case you were getting tired of Glulams and LVLs


Jul 25 2017

Score and whack is the basic method, but whacking with a sharp block gets cleaner results

Jul 7 2017

Exterior insulation can create transition problems. Here are a few solutions

May 18 2017

Going a few steps beyond the usual methods for hiding end-grain.


Apr 8 2017

Luxury housing development in Ecuador

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