Decks and Patios For Dummies

Decks and Patios For Dummies

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 190.5 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 8pp colour insert
  • 0764550756
  • 9780764550751

Table of contents

Introduction. PART I: Design Basics. Chapter 1: Creating a Special Outdoor Space. Chapter 2: Locating a Patio or Deck. Chapter 3: Looking with a Designer's Eye. Chapter 4: From Dreams to Plans. PART II: Building a Deck. Chapter 5: Deck Specs: Sizing Up Your Deck. Chapter 6: Choosing Materials for Your Deck. Chapter 7: Drawing the Final Deck Plan. Chapter 8: Before You Build. Chapter 9: Site Prep, Footings, and Piers. Chapter 10: Framing the Deck. Chapter 11: Decking Your Deck. Chapter 12: Building Stairs, Railings, and Benches. Chapter 13: Finishes and Maintenance. PART III: Building a Patio. Chapter 14: Choosing Patio Materials. Chapter 15: Before You Dig. Chapter 16: Preparing the Base. Chapter 17: Installing a Concrete Patio. Chapter 18: Installing a Flagstone Patio. Chapter 19: Installing a Brick Patio. Chapter 20: Installing Concrete Pavers and Tile. Chapter 21: Building Patio Steps and Benches. PART IV: Deck & Patio Amenities. Chapter 22: Building an Overhead. Chapter 23: Screens, Dividers, Planters, and Storage. Chapter 24: Building Barbecues and Fireplaces. Chapter 25: Providing Lighting and Irrigation. PART V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 26: Ten Unique Surfaces. Chapter 27: Ten Special Deck and Patio Details. Chapter 28: Ten Money-Saving Tips. Index. Book Registration more

About Robert J. Beckstrom

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 Dummies(R), Gardening For Dummies(R), and other gardening titles in the ...For Dummies(R) more

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