Arbored Deck

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Project by L posted 02-11-2009 04:55 AM 2744 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project required a woodworker’s skills and those of a DIYer. I designed, engineered and constructed a 12’x40’ slat-covered deck between my garage and swimming pool area.

The deck on one end is a mere 6” setp up while the other end as shown in one pic is a couple of steps high. There were two really fun parts of the proect.

One was laying the flooring. As seen in one pic I have a center support I-beam toward which I angle the flooring. Then in the middle area I have the decking go straight across, side-to-side but I built in planter boxes on each of the ousides. Then on the far side of that side-to-side decking I reversed angled boards. I still have them point inward toward the center I-beam but also inward once again away from the center of the deck and point toward the end.

The other really fun part was building the overhead joists. I designed the end of the joists and cut each one using a jigsaw. The joist sits on a crossing beam and is slightly notched to provide better balance.

All the other fancy woodworking such as the balusters and step posts are store bought, along with the lattice work. But all other cuts and trimming are mine… including the yards and yards of 1×4 slat work comprising the canopy. The canopy boards are angled as the run from one end of the deck to the other so that they maintain the ‘shape’ of the deck flooring. I tried to show that in one of the pics.

Hope y’all like it.

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#1 posted 02-11-2009 05:51 AM

Very beautiful Deck. I’m sure it involved alot of work and you did it excellenty!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-11-2009 06:33 AM

Thanks very much. The job was a labor of love as it was my idea from start to finish rather than using someone else’s plan… although I love building projects from Norm Abram. So far the deck has endured 15 hard Texas summers and continues to look and wear well.

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#3 posted 02-11-2009 03:52 PM

What did you put under the joists that sit on the roof? Would that not cause problems for rain or snow coming down the roof? I’d like to do the same on my roof but didn’t think I could do that.

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#4 posted 02-11-2009 04:35 PM

Good question… deserves a picture answer and saves me a few hundred words. 2×6’s secured to the roof at a precise point so the canopy joists sit level, to start with. I secured the 2×6’s with a liberal amount of roofing tar under and on the top edge 2.5” screws. Then I used flashing tucked under a row of shingles. I then used the butt and of the joist to secure the flashing down to the 2×6 and secured the joist to the 2×6 using 2” screws toe-nailed in so they did not cut thru the depth of the 2×6… and this has lasted 15+ years w/o any maintenance requred and even 2 re-roof jobs of the garage… some really bad hail here in TX and one bad roofer. Roof End

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#5 posted 02-22-2009 03:23 AM

Very nice LJ. Having done a pergola last spring, I know how much work it can be putting all those slats across the top. Not sure about yours, but I put mine down with deck screws. Also mine was 2 by material, so I had to predrill each connection. What a pain.

-- Scott in Texas

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#6 posted 02-25-2009 11:39 PM

Thanks, Scott… SZorry for the delay in responding but I simply used 2-1/2” finishing nails… 2 at each point where the lattice crossed the 2×6….

As far as screwing around, I predrilled every screw hole in the deck flooring so that the screwhead would site below surface level….

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