Monday, March 18, 2013

Deck building in Rochester Hills MI

Hello Everyone !

 Well it is the middle of March and the winter weather is still holding on here in Michigan. Despite that, we have already started the Michigan deck building season !

 Today we are going to look back at a Timber Tech XLM deck project from last year.  On this project there was an existing wood deck that was in need of updating. So we removed the old deck and did a slight re-design of the old deck layout.

 He is the before picture, you can see the old deck had two different levels which for a deck this size was a bit of a design flaw, the space was to small for different levels. At about 400 square feet one level is the best option to get the most functional space.

Here is the new deck design that is all on one level with a seam board to give the effect of the dual levels, but where you can use all the deck space without worrying about falling down a step.

Here is a picture of the center seam board which has a two part use, one it can divide the deck into unique spaces or separate deck spaces for different functions on the deck like dining areas verses lounging areas etc.. The second part is it divides the deck boards into sizes that work best for cost & waste. Deck boards come in 12', 16' and 20' pre-cut sizes. So the seam board divided this deck into 16' and 12' sections

The other thing to notice is the deck surface is completely fastener free, the Timber Tech XLM decking is a grooved product that uses a Concealoc clip to hold the decking in place. The seam board and the border are screwed down with the Cortex plug system which is a really cool product.

Here in the picture below where we are installing the Cortex screw/plugs on the treads. 

The railings are Timber Tech Black Radiance rail, There is also Trex low voltage lighting riser lights and rail lights in black.

Here are some final pictures of this custom PVC deck project in Rochester Hills MI

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rochester Hills Composite Deck Construction

Hello Bloggers !

 Today we just closed out the first month of 2013 and business is already picking up, spring is just around the corner ! The Michigan Deck Building season usually starts up in March so we have a little time to keep updating our blog. Today we are going to review a Rochester Hills composite deck project.

 This is a Timber Tech Evolution Rosewood deck with black Timber Tech Radiance Rail.

 Here is the deck design pictures

This composite deck is 13' x 36' with a 2' bay that matches the house door wall bay. There is a double center seam board that splits the deck in two sections to allow the 16' & 20' deck boards to span without butt seams.

 Here you can see the decking has been installed except for the picture frame border. I have mentioned this many times in previous blog posts one of the main keys in building a deck is the picture frame border. Which when it is done right will protect the gap of the fascia/framing materials. Because the fascia board underneath the border board.

See the picture below how the picture frame border hides or protects the fascia that is underneath, kind of a drip edge effect.

 Here Paulie is working on installing the deck railings - Timber Tech Radiance Rail on the bay. The Radiance Rail has been on the market for better then seven years and it is still the nicest synthetic deck railing that is on the market. It is better made, nicer looking, and much stronger then the Trex Transcends rail or any of the other synthetic manufactures railings.

 Here you can see the bay once the railing is completed.
Here is a picture from the underside of the deck focusing on the stair stringers. You can see how we attached our stringers to the deck rim. We drop another rim board underneath the upper rim, bolting them together and strapping the stringers to the lower rim board.

 Here we are still working on the railings and the next steps is to install the fascia's on the deck and stairs. This set of steps has a mid-point platform that allows us to turn the steps ninety degrees back towards the house and the garage for ease of egress for the homeowner.


Here is finished look of the stairs from the deck.

Here is a close up of our signature triple stack fascia, again let me first point out how the fascia is dropped underneath the picture frame border. This picture shows where the stair fascia butts into the deck fascia, and how we cut little returns on the different tiers of the fascia and glue. You can see the blocks holding the returns in place.

 Here is the outside finished look of the stairs, notice how the stair fascia ends nicely into the triple stack fascia and they are at just about the same depth.

Here a little close up picture of the bay and the triple stack deck fascia.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Michigan deck designs & deck building ideas

Hello again Blogger world !

 We are in the middle of winter here in Michigan. But the Michigan deck building season is fast approaching, and we have been out on several estimates this winter. Today I am going to review some different deck designs we did last year Oakland county MI.

 Here is a design we did for a new construction home builder in Oxford MI deck designs and building.
  On this one we started with simple square design as requested by the builder, but we also did an upgraded design with some landscaping added.

One thing we like doing in deck design is keeping a simple square design and adding center bays or double or triple cut corners. This allows us to make the use of the deck boards sizes and usually we don't have to add extra deck beams and deck support posts. So if there is a walkout or daylight basement there will not be all kinds of posts in the possible space under the deck.

Here in the upgraded design below you see the same simple square deck with a 3x12 center bay where we can keep the same post & beam structure as the first design.

Here is another deck design in Rochester Hills Michigan. On this design the homeowner wanted a patio space to service their walkout basement, and a deck to service the first floor. We also did some  different column options in the 3D views.

Here is another deck design in Rochester Hills MI
This one we did two different deck design options. Because the homeowner wanted some different ideas on how to plan their outdoor living space.

Here is another design feature we like doing is combining a deck space and a patio. Not only does it give you two unique outdoor spaces it gets you flowing out do the backyard, which is the goal to enjoy the outdoors.

We did two different stair design options for this project.

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