Decks & Patios For Dummies

Front Cover
Wiley, Mar 30, 1998 - Gardening - 392 pages
0 Reviews
Life is just so much sweeter when experienced from a good deck or patio. Breezes, sunlight, the smells of the garden, birdsongs…just a few minutes in your own backyard can enliven the senses and rejuvenate the spirit. Meals become relaxed affairs. Food tastes better. Conversations are richer. Time eases its hectic demands and drifts by at a more congenial pace. Whether for a neighborhood barbeque or just a quiet afternoon with a paperback, decks and patios offer us the perfect space to kick back and let the good times roll.

Decks and Patios for Dummies contains everything you need to know to design and build your dream deck or patio. Full of practical tips and clear, simple instructions, it shows the do–it–yourselfer how to solve problems in design and construction while avoiding pitfalls and unnecessary expenses. You’ll find useful information on:

  • Choosing the location
  • Sizing
  • Choosing materials
  • Preparing the site
  • Building
  • Adding barbeques, fireplaces, etc.
  • Maintenance

This is a start–to–finish guide on all aspects of deck and patio construction – including when you should seek help from the professionals! Designed to make the most of your budget, it walks you through:

  • Dealing with contractors, codes, and feasibility
  • The building checklist
  • Lighting, outlets, faucets, and other add–ons
  • Decks – from frames to finishes
  • Patios: concrete, flagstone, or brick?
  • Steps, stairs, and benches
  • Special details and decorations

Whether your project is a patio just big enough for two chaises–lounges or a screened–in, wraparound deck on the side of a mountain, Decks and Patios for Dummies makes building understandable and fun with illustrations, diagrams, helpful sidebars, and a color insert of photos to stir the imagination. Take advantage of this comprehensive guide and build your dream deck today.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
xxvii
Design Basics 5
xxviii
Creating a Special Outdoor Space 7
xlvii
Locating a Patio or Deck 27
liii
Looking with a Designers Eye 41
1
Uesign Basics
5
From Dreams to Plans 59
31
Building a Deck 71
46
Before You Dig
203
Preparing the Base
207
Installing a Concrete Patio
221
Installing a Flagstone Patio
237
Installing a Brick Patio
247
Installing Concrete Pavers and Tile
259
Building Patio Steps and Benches
267
Deck Patio Amenities
277

Deck Specs Sizing Up Your Deck 73
47
Choosing Materials for Your Deck
95
Drawing the Final Deck Plan
115
Before You Build
121
Site Prep Footings and Piers
127
Framing the Deck
143
Decking Your Deck
161
Building Stairs Railings and Benches
169
Finishes and Maintenance
183
Building a Patio
191
Choosing Patio Materials
193
Building an Overhead
279
Screens Dividers Planters and Storage
291
Building Barbecues and Fireplaces
303
Providing Lighting and Irrigation
311
The Part of Tens
321
Ten Unique Surfaces
323
Ten Special Deck and Patio Details
329
Ten MoneySaving Tips
335
Index
339
Copyright

About the author (1998)

About the Authors Robert Beckstrom, a licensed building contractor, has written and edited dozens of home improvement books and appeared on numerous talk shows as a home improvement expert. The National Gardening Association is recognized for its bimonthly National Gardening magazine and prolific work in science education for children. The association is also the coauthor of Lawn Care For DummiesŪ, Gardening For DummiesŪ, and other gardening titles in the …For DummiesŪ series.

Bibliographic information