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Deck - Granade - May 2003

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BEFORE

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AFTER

The frame of this deck was built with pressure treated lumber, while the decking, risers, and skirtboard are all 5/4 x 6" cedar. At the time of this job, the price of cedar decking was about double that of pressure treated. I, personally, think it is well worth the cost to upgrade from p.t. to cedar. Cedar is naturally resistant to water and doesn't require quite the same maintenance as p.t. lumber. When new, cedar is a rich, orangish-tan color. If left untreated, it will turn to a weathered silvery-grey color. There are several products available that can be used to protect the wood from UV rays from the sun and maintain its original coloring. On this particular deck, the plan is to let it weather naturally.
 

Completed Project Photos
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Although they are labor intensive, wrap-around steps to grade such as these are very attractive and functional. On these steps, I buried  p.t. 6x6 "sleepers" to support the bottom of each stair stringer. Individual footings for each stringer could have been poured instead, but the long 6x6's provide a more even, consistent tread.


Also contributing to this project:

West Durham Lumber Co.
(919) 286-5561
 
(800)-244-6492
 
(919) 383-5566



In Progress Photos
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Day 1

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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

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Day 6

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Day 7

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Day 8

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Day 9

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Completed

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