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Issue #295 - June 2006

ARTICLE: Deck Redo
ARTICLE: Wraparound Steps and Skirt
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Deck Redo Deck
You may think that redoing your deck is a big project. We’ve broken it down into five individual projects that we’ll show you in the June and August 2006 issues of Workbench.

Posts & Railings - We kick things off with a new railing system. It’s built super-sturdy for safety, and features unique metal balusters that are available in colors to complement your home. We even help you add built-in lighting.
New Decking - To replace the worn-out decking that gets torn off, we’ll show you how to install cedar decking. It looks great, and it offers other benefits. The decking gets installed with “hidden” fasteners that eliminate the visible screws for even better looks.

Privacy Screens - At one end of the deck, we add a bit of privacy with easy-to-build lattice “screens.”
Pergola - To top it off, we’ll show you how to build a pergola that really gives the feeling of an “outdoor room” at one end of the deck.

Steps - In the next issue of Workbench, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about planning and building a set of dramatic wraparound steps. They tie the deck and yard together to make both more functional and beautiful.
Wraparound Steps and Skirt
The deck redo continues in the August 2006 issue of Workbench with two more great projects that show you how to turn your old, tired deck into the stylish retreat you've always dreamed of.

The first project is this dramatic wraparound stairway (Photo, below). Unlike most deck stairs that simply offer access to the yard, this stairway unites the deck and yard to blend these two areas into a seamless outdoor living space. With wide steps, a sturdy rail, and lighting, the stairs are as functional as they are handsome.
Deck Stairs Skirting System

And if you think that building stairs sounds intimidating, don't sweat it. Our step-by-step techniques will show you how to size and lay out the stairs to match the height of your deck. Then we'll guide you through building everything from the supporting stringers to the final accents.

To wrap up our deck revitalization, we'll head under the deck to build a handsome skirting system (Photo, left). It hides the unsightly underside of the deck with framed lattice panels that echo the look of the privacy screens up top.

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