Fall is fast approaching and in many parts of the country, the temperatures are starting to get lower at night. This can mean only one thing: Fire pits. The fall fire pit is part of a tradition that gathers people around a warm area to sip a cup of hot coffee, chocolate, or tea and to enjoy each other’s company. Your patio or deck is already an area where people naturally gather, and during the summer, it was the place to be! Now, by adding a fire pit, it is also an ideal gathering place to be during the fall.
With summer winding down, many people think decking season has come to an end. The days get cooler and shorter, so it’s time to focus on the indoors.
Not true! It turns out the best time to build a deck is in the fall. Here’s why:
We get it, exotic hardwoods are expensive. It’s natural for you to want to save your pennies and order just the right amount of material for your deck, but this is probably one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Materials like decking aren’t made to fit exact specifications; they are crafted on-site by cutting each board to meet the dimensions of your design. It’s these characteristics that necessitate ordering extra material just in case something happens. The extra material ordered is normally between 10% and 15% of your original amount and is referred to as “waste.”
Sleek, sexy, contemporary, and chic are a few words used to vividly describe modern design homes and exteriors. Los Angeles and New York City are iconic cities for these new home designs. Why wouldn’t they be? New York City is the fashion mecca, and Los Angeles is known for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Designers are constantly looking to take aura of these cities and the warm feel of a home, and incorporating them in their modern designs. Perfect blends of such qualities lie within the exotic Brazilian hardwoods, which has become the dominating feature in modern designed homes.
Out of all the dimensions of decking, the most commonly used are boards of 6” width. This is what everyone has, and it’s what everyone looks for. However, imagine for a second that you spent a lot of money for your own unique deck only to notice that every other deck looks almost exactly the same. That realization can be a little devastating, but this is where careful planning and deck design comes into play. Using different width decking, such as 4″ and 6″ is a great way to create a unique and strong deck.
The alluring pictures of beautiful decks and other outdoor retreats have driven many homeowners to rethink and remodel their outdoor spaces in order to create the ideal escape within their own backyard. The pictures show an idyllic retreat made with beautiful, uniform wood. Typically, the woods used in the pictures resemble the look of Ipe and more often than not, it is Ipe. The bad news is that Ipe is an expensive wood but lucky for you, there are other equally beautiful alternatives like Tigerwood.
Everyone wants a deck. No, not just a deck; the best-looking deck around. The common misconception is that you must spend a fortune for an exotic hardwood deck of your dreams. The reality is you can have exotic hardwoods at an affordable price. The only catch: a little more elbow grease upon install.