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3 decks with upgrade ideas

Deck projects are as unique as the people who build them. Even so, different projects have common features, such as size, level of complexity. In this story you'll find illustrations of six deck projects -- small, medium, and large deck sizes, each with two levels of features: basic and upgraded.

Building a small deck

Building a small deck

A small deck, such as this one, provides an ideal locale for quiet at-home escapes -- a spot to relax with a good book or to enjoy the beauty of a backyard garden. If a place for restful solitude is the goal for your deck, a small deck may provide all the space you need. Of course, small decks are ideal if you have limited outdoor space and want to maximize outdoor use. Modest-size decks are also appropriate with a bungalow that would be over-whelmed by an expansive deck.

This 10 x 12' platform deck is positioned only 12" above the ground, offering an easy transition from house to yard and requiring no railings. Steps ease the transition from house to deck and deck to yard.

The vignettes provided in this story include a few details of construction and materials needed. You should expect to pay more for materials and labor in more distant locations, such as Hawaii, and lower costs in a less remote locale, where costs of transporting materials are lower.


  • Decking: pressure-treated lumber

Continued on page 2:  Small deck upgrade options


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