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Remodeling Outside the House:
Deck, Trellis, Fence and Arbor

Outdoor living can be a refined luxury, but so often a deck or fence is relegated to second class. It's time to revamp your outdoor space to premium comfort.

by Sheila Carlson
Vol. 1 Article 2

This beautiful Red Miranti Mahogany deck glistens in the rain.

Back Steps
What a beautiful solution for steps going out onto a patio.

Matched Deck & Railing
We matched the stain on the cedar handrail and stairs to match the Yellow Balau Mahogany deck so that it all flows together visually.

Handrail Detail
A close up of a contemporary handrail with a double dado detail and copper cap on the posts. Simple details like this can make a big impact on the overall design and appeal of the deck.

Yellow Balau Mahogany Deck
This beautiful 1x4 material is pre-finished with Mezmers coating in a clear finish that brings out the natural amber richness of the wood. Mahogany is a hardwood that is very durable and strong, in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous. The amazing thing about Mahogany is that it is actually less expensive than cedar decking at this time.

Trellises can add wonderful detail to back patios. What makes this different from most trellises is that the beams used are glulams, rather than the typical 4x8s or 4x10s. Notice that all of them have been capped with dark brown flashing to protect them from rain and weather, in addition to being pre-stained on all sides. This also has the added benefit of keeping the beams from twisting over the years from weathering; therefore the trellis keeps its straight lines.

Patio Enclosure
The Mahogany fence looks as beautiful as a hardwood floor! The trellis, brick pavers, planters and flowers make this small back patio a little gem of a space.

Outdoor Living with African Ipé Deck
This patio decking is African Ipé. It is very strong and hard: so hard that we have to pre-drill all the screw holes. I love the rich rusty brown color of the wide 1 x 6 boards.

We added white columns on the corners and an arbor above to surround the back patio "living room". In the middle of the summer the arbor porvides protection from the hot sun. The owner installed an outdoor natural gas heater so they can enjoy their fabulous lake view all year round.

Finishing Touches
More ideas on how to tranform a simple walkway into something very special and inviting.

Arbor & Fence
How about building an arbor along with the water feature to really dress it up?

Easy Maintenance
For those of you who want a low maintenance deck, this is the best looking material that I have seen. It is Timbertech 1 x 6 decking with its companion white handrail.

Synthetic Timbertech Deck & Railing
To the casual observer, this Timbertech decking looks like cedar, but with none of the upkeep.

Although the initial material and labor investment is more than traditional wood materials, it is a great solution for people who have no time or interest in maintenance.

Mahogany Bench
Another closeup view of the Red Miranti mahogany.

Remodel Today!

To remodel outside the house box,

call Sheila Carlson today at (503) 697-7799 or email

March 18, 2009