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3 decks with upgrade ideas

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Small deck upgrade options
Floor plan of deck
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White deck tops
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Trellis: Supports flowering vines
and provides privacy
2 boards/dark/Light
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Ipe, top, and composite
decking, bottom
Dark boards coming together at an angle
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Decking: Double-diagonal pattern
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Built-in benches

Small deck upgrade options

If you only have the space or budget for a small deck, plan carefully to make the most of the square footage. Use flour to outline the proposed deck area in your yard. Prior to finalizing dimensions, measure the furnishings you plan to use, or if you have the furniture already, place it within the area. Determine whether you have enough space to comfortably move around. If not, adjust the dimensions slightly. You may not even need to increase square footage to make the area function better. Maybe a 12 x12' square works better for your situation than an 8 x18' rectangle, even though both provide 144 square feet of deck.


  • Decking: ipe, double-diagonal pattern
  • Built-in benches
  • Trellis behind bench on far side of deck, or arbor in same position

Continued on page 3:  Building a medium deck


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