|Project by ayryq||posted 02-08-2015 07:19 PM||1080 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a deck that I made as a “front porch” for our house last summer (2013). It’s a complicated shape, with a round front, and a notch in the back for a gas meter and basement window. The base is 12 concrete piers – so many because of the odd shape – and treated wood 4×6s beams and 2×6 joists. The top is “Trex” composite secured with a combination of pocket holes underneath, Kreg deck-jig holes on top, and Trex clips.
The picture frame in another color of decking was made necessary because of an electrical box on the side of the concrete stoop that had to remain accessible (though I ran a wire to a new box above the deck). The picture frame made everything difficult and more exacting, especially due to the rounded front.
The front is 1x Trex which an assistant and I curved and screwed to backing boards. The step is a rock.
I severely injured myself working on this, stepping into a hole and twisting my ankle. I was off my feet for a month. Luckily I had my son (who was 4 at the time, I think) with me, and he ran to find my wife, and cause her to panic (I was working with a chop saw, a framing nailer… and he told her “Daddy is hurt.”)
We’ve definitely enjoyed having the chance to get to know our neighbors on our new front “porch.”