Deck Design of the Week – The U-House by Natalie Dionne

Deck Design of the Week

The U-House by Natalie Dionne

This week’s Deck Design of The Week takes us to Canada where ipe decking is used to not just create a wonderful outdoor living space, but also how you can create one large home just by connecting them with a deck! The designer of this wonderful home and office space is Natalie Dionne.

It won’t take long for you to notice how beautiful the finished ipe deck looks, especially after it’s wet. Did you know that ipe wood has high slip resistance? In fact, yesterday I was looking over some ipe decking samples that we have available and accidentally spilled my water all over some 1×6 ipe deck boards.

Once I wiped the board with a paper towel, I noticed right away how quickly the ipe was drying. What’s more is that when I rubbed my hand over the damp piece of ipe, the deck board was not slippery, at all.  Ipe is naturally slip resistant due to its interlocked and fibrous grain. This creates a natural, some would say fuzzy, texture that keeps it from being slippery.

With this in mind, it makes perfect senses why an accomplished designer such as Mr. Dionne would choose ipe for her own personal home and work space.

At, we are currently running our Fall ipe decking sale.  With these low ipe prices, it is now possible to buy ipe and build a beautiful deck before the winter months. Building a deck now will ensure that when Spring rolls around, you’ll have a beautiful and captivating space to enjoy the warm days and cool nights.

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