I need an architect to draw a very simple plan for a building permit. The project is an outdoor, first-floor deck. The two architects my contractor knows weren't interested, presumably because the job is too small for them. How do I find the right person or company for this? [more inside]
Just moved into a new place, and low and behold, I noticed several planks of my deck walls have come loose. What are these metal things that were used to connect them? Some kind of stable? And can I just reattach the board by hammering a few nails in there? How would I get the old staple things out? Disclaimer: I am not handy at all. Like, I get splinters from LEGO.
I am going to fix up my neglected deck. I can't afford new boards or fancy composite decking. So I thought I'd try the new thick deck coating paints. If you have experience with this I could use your advice... [more inside]
What plants would do well on our 3rd story rooftop garden in Toronto? [more inside]
I am an idiot and etched my deck with a power washer. Actually I don't know if "etched" is the right word as I can't feel any physical difference where the light marks are, so maybe I just removed the oxidation. [more inside]
I bought a travel hammock off Amazon (link inside). I'd like to use it on my deck at home as well, but I don't think my deck posts are sturdy or tall enough to hang it properly. I'm assuming I need a stand, but everything I'm finding is $100 or more. I'd like to hear some inexpensive methods for the layman for securing a travel hammock on a deck, stand or otherwise. Thanks! [more inside]
I am going to be designing a deck of cards that are similar to the IDEO Method Cards (in purpose but not in theme) with about 75 other people over the course of 2.5 days and I'm not sure what the best process is for getting it done. [more inside]
I am looking to build something that requires cutting 1 1/2" - 2" notches in some two by four or two by six beams. My existing set of tools could be charitably described as minimal (see within), and I'd like to do this as inexpensively as possible and still keep it safe. [more inside]
Thanks to everyone's help in response to this AskMe, we built a screened porch and love it. But we've run into a little problem that we hope someone can help us solve: [more inside]
When vacationing in Turkey a few years ago, I came upon outdoor wooden terraces/decks for lounging and sipping tea, outfit with rugs or upholstery and lowish tables. They seemed to be very common in the area (seaside southwest of Antalya), both in restaurants/cafés and in private yards, and were perfect for lounging and chatting for hours. Is there a name for this kind of thing? Picture I found on a blog. [more inside]
I own this small black couch from IKEA. Primary user is my Alaskan Malamute (obligatory pic), who staked his claim on it many moons ago - it's a dog couch now. I'd like to make this couch available to him when he's in the backyard while I'm at work. How do I do this? [more inside]
So, something has died (or more likely been killed by one of the many neighborhood cats) under my deck and the smell is pretty awful. I know nature will take its course (probably somewhat quickly as it's summer in North Carolina and thus ludicrously hot and humid) but is there anything I can do to counteract the smell? [more inside]
Never-ending winter be damned! I want to think about outdoor furniture, but I'm basically clueless. What holds up well? Dining set-up or lounge? Specific recommendations appreciated! [more inside]
The wood on my deck is too tight, so water isn't draining. This = icy danger and a messy entryway. How have you dealt with this? I don't want to drill drainage holes if i don't have to. Thanks!
Basically I have a very tiny tiny yard behind my place. It gets no sun and there's green carpet there now. One of my thoughts was to make a little 3x3 or so deck to put a couple of chairs on it. But rather than have someone build it, I was wondering if there's anything like a little pre-made, pre-treated deck - like shipping pallets or something only not awful - that anyone sells. It'll save me sawing off a finger or hiring a handyman or filling out permits. And I'd rather not do way too much for something so little.
Mr. DrGail and I want to devote some of our huge wood deck to a screened-in porch. We've met with a few contractors and the cost is within our price range but there are so many possible variations that we're overwhelmed. So, MeFites who have, have had, or even just know something about screened-in porches, please enlighten us: what are the design features you love, hate, or wish you'd done for your own screened-in porch. All thoughts and suggestions are welcome! The particulars: We live in the Chicago area so we have cold and snowy winters. The current deck is 20x24, about 3 feet off the ground, has two stairways to the backyard, and is accessed from the family room. The dog crosses the deck to access the backyard for his business as well as generalized squirrel chasing and other mayhem.
We will be building a deck in a few weeks, and another aspect we would like to have with our new outdoor environment is a nice small fire to sit around for the cooler Minnesota evenings. What are our options without risking burning the deck (and/or the house) down? [more inside]
We're looking at adding to our crappy 1980s colonial a room off the kitchen where the sliders are. We have a large deck back there and could keep part of the deck while adding a 3 season (or patio room) off the back. Our house faces east with the rear of the house getting the sun in the afternoon - but only for a little bit since we have a hill directly behind the deck. I'm wondering what others have done? We are torn between making it a 4 season room simply to be able to use in the winter. However I like the openess of a 3 season room and really want to avoid in our area having the 4 season room count against us in property assessment. [more inside]
Is there a financially advantageous way to hire a contractor based on the season? [more inside]
I want to enclose underneath my deck but need to deal with frost pushing up on the walls. [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out what Twitter client I want for Mac OS. [more inside]
This deck needs help (See here!) This deck was very neglected for a long while, and there are some boards rotting away or bending up, etc. The top boards all need to be replaced, that is a no brainer. The real question is about the frame. A few friends have suggested to just replace the top boards, and then sand/weatherproof the existing frame part of it. My first thought when I saw it was just to get rid of the whole thing. Is the frame salvageable, or am I better off scrapping it all and starting anew?
I have $150 to spend on my patio/deck garden in Seattle. What should I plant and how should I do it? [more inside]
New semi-transparent stain on deck is ugly. Can I put solid stain right over it? [more inside]
My new apartment has an accessible roof with an awesome view, and this summer I would like it to be an Awesome Party Spot. At the moment it is completely bare. What makes YOUR roof great? [more inside]
The house I'm renting has very little storage space inside but has a huge deck. How much damage would I do to my stored items to keep them in plastic Rubbermaid containers on the deck? It doesn't snow here but it gets quite rainy.
I have a 7' x 10' concrete slab patio. It currently has wooden deck tiles on top, but they are falling apart and need replacing. What is the best, inexpensive replacement option? [more inside]
I have stains on my deck from some spilled butter during a BBQ. How do I get them out? [more inside]
How do I find out when the deck on my old home in Washington DC was built? [more inside]
Old neglected deck: What to do to preserve it for a little while longer. [more inside]
Lumber / Carpentry Filter - Should I use cedar on this fence project? Is my carpenter right about the design? [more inside]
Can you give me advice on cleaning my deck? [more inside]
I have 6 year old cedar deck by the ocean that is aging quicker than expected, I have power washed and coated it twice with Benjamin Moore transparent deck stain. It's decaying, and the stain is not penetrating and peeling. Any ideas?
Where in NYC can I go that's really high up and will allow me to set up a rather large camera on a tripod?
Accessible rooftops (or other really high places) in Manhattan or Brooklyn? [more inside]
I might be about to buy a house with a large octagonal deck. 6 of the 8 sides are open to the elements. What kind of large windows could I put on it so that I could make it a cosy space in the cold months, but be able to open it up to the maximum extent possible in the warm months? (frost free almost subtropical location for what it's worth).
What's the cleanest possible way to transfer a standard-IPS four-track cassette master? [more inside]
Uneven concrete footings for a deck - can they be leveled somehow or do I need to re-dig? [more inside]
How the heck do I catproof a deck? (Second-story, somewhat sketchy DIY deck made out of wood with picket-fence railings. Kitten wants to commit suicide.) [more inside]
Residential patio heaters, fall and spring in New England or similar climate: your experiences please. [more inside]
What should I plant on a trellis like this to give me a little more privacy on my deck? [more inside]
What can I plant on a hot, windy roof garden? My New York City apartment boasts a private roof deck. The problem: It gets constant sun all day long, and is the tallest building around, so it can get quite windy. Nearly everything I've planted has shriveled and died. What will work? [more inside]
What mistakes are we likely to make when laying our new decking? What are the best practices for getting this done nicely enough that we don't regret it when we look at it a few years down the road? [more inside]
Pop-up canopy/gazebo or crank- out awning (like Sunsetter)? [more inside]
Spring is right around the corner, and we're starting to plan our Backyard Project™. Is there an Apartment Therapy-like website for backyard inspiration? Looking for lots of photos and write-ups about things like brick patios, decks, gardens, water features, etc.
What tradesman or trade area should I look to to dig the footers for my wood deck? [more inside]
I'm going to build a deck or patio in my backyard, but I'm trying to make the final decision between poured/stamped concrete, stone pavers, or a standard wood deck... [more inside]
Thinking of building a platform-style deck in our backyard using the Dek-Block system. Looking for experiences from others who have used it. [more inside]
How do I keep my 1st floor patio clean/dry while being able to spray clean an overhead balcony? [more inside]
How can I enjoy my deck without being swarmed by bugs? [more inside]
I'd love to grow some vegetables this year. However, I don't have much in the way of outdoor space OR sunlight. What are my best bets? [more inside]
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