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Project by ayryq posted 02-08-2015 07:19 PM 1031 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.”





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#1 posted 02-08-2015 08:00 PM

Nicely designed and executed! It looks simple because it was done right and compliments the house and yard.

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#2 posted 02-08-2015 08:03 PM

That is a great addition to that house.

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#3 posted 02-08-2015 08:49 PM

Here’s a “before” picture.

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#4 posted 02-08-2015 09:12 PM

Nice deck!

And I’m wondering WHO ever thought it was a good idea to put the meter in FRONT facing the street???
What, they couldn’t put it 10’ away, to the side of the house?

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#5 posted 02-08-2015 09:13 PM

Oh, and I hope you had the foresight to save all those nice plants and trees when you had to pull them out :-)

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#6 posted 02-08-2015 09:31 PM



Oh, and I hope you had the foresight to save all those nice plants and trees when you had to pull them out :-)

Lord help me if I ever save a yew shrub. And the pine tree (which looks so nice in this 5-year-old picture) was starting to die, so it needed to come out anyhow. Everything else was indeed transplanted.


And I m wondering WHO ever thought it was a good idea to put the meter in FRONT facing the street???
What, they couldn t put it 10 away, to the side of the house?

There’s a (now electric) post light in the front yard, and I’m not positive but I suspect the gas line passed by to supply the light. I did find a disused pipe when digging. That meter sure is ugly though. The little fence I built to cover it is on 2×4 stakes in stake holders (like you’d use in a trailer) so it can be serviced if necessary. I did ask the gas company if it was okay to build a deck OVER the gas line, and they weren’t worried about it.

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