Project by LPJ posted 12-30-2011 07:59 PM 3407 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another deck I built. Quite a bit different, yet similar to the posted Backyard Deck project. Similar in that the skirt and joists allow for the dropping of the decking boards, again 2×6’s so that they arde bordered by the skirt giving the deck a more finished look.

The big difference of course is the canopy.

This project required a woodworker’s skills and those of a DIYer. I designed, engineered and constructed this 12’x40’ slat-covered deck between my garage and swimming pool area.

The deck on one end is a mere 6” setp up while the other end as shown in one pic is a couple of steps high. There were two really fun parts of the proect.

One was laying the flooring. As seen in one pic I have a center support I-beam toward which I angle the flooring. Then in the middle area I have the decking go straight across, side-to-side but I built in planter boxes on each of the ousides. Then on the far side of that side-to-side decking I reversed angled boards. I still have them point inward toward the center I-beam but also inward once again away from the center of the deck and point toward the end.

The other really fun part was building the overhead joists. I designed the end of the joists and cut each one using a jigsaw. The joist sits on a crossing beam and is slightly notched to provide better balance. I angle-cut the back ends to match the roofline slope and secured to 2×6’s that I screwed into the roof of the garage. I then flashed and shingled the “back edge” of those 2×6’s to have rain flow up and over the plank and not pool behind it creating any drainage problems.

All the other fancy woodworking such as the balusters and step posts are store bought, along with the lattice work. But all other cuts and trimming are mine… including the yards and yards slat work comprising the canopy. The canopy boards are angled as the run from one end of the deck to the other so that they maintain the ‘shape’ of the deck flooring. I tried to show that in one of the pics.

-- -- Peace, LJ

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posted 12-31-2011 03:31 PM

Great work. Some well done, possibly overdone, aspects. Nothing wrong with that, it just means your cautious and would rather have it last than be cheap. I tend to follow that concept as well.

The overall look is very pleasing to the eye. Looks almost like a room you can go into for retreat from the heat and has an inviting look to it.

The design on the deck itself is quite pleasing, as well. I know that it takes more time and patience when putting in a design of any type.

Well done.

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