Weekend Building Tips and Flips
Posted 16 May 2019 12:59 PM by Jase DeBoer
Summer is right around the corner. Warm weather, long days by the pool and cookouts call for a celebration. If you need to get your outdoor space in tip-top shape for the summer months ahead, we’ve got you covered with quick tips and weekend flips.
Sunshine is great but too much sun can make it uncomfortable to enjoy your outdoor space. When building a deck or other outdoor structure, pay attention to the orientation of the sun.
For example, if you build a pergola, the main rafters should run north and south so the beams would be placed east to west to properly block the sun.
Plan seating so guests are not facing directly into the sun or your space is left without light during certain times of the day.
A gentle breeze while enjoying your backyard is refreshing. However, you may want to take wind into consideration when planning outdoor spaces, as strong gusts can be a nuisance. Incorporating trees or shrubs are a great way to break up the wind. In exposed areas, a wall or fence might be the right solution.
Maintaining a clean space will decrease the amount of debris blown around on windier days.
Features on top of a deck can oftentimes become an afterthought, if considered at all. Post caps are a great way to easily update your deck over the weekend. They come in a variety of styles, and swapping out an old set is a simple way to add color, texture or modern design to your deck. This weekend flip is as easy as measuring your posts, buying the post cap that matches your style and following the instructions for installation.
Last month, we talked about incorporating aluminum balusters when designing with pressure-treated lumber. Balusters are an excellent choice for a weekend upgrade. If you prefer to stick with the traditional look of an all wood deck, there are many wood baluster designs available today.
Most railing on wood decks is built with 2” x 2” wood balusters. A quick flip is as easy as unscrewing the old balusters and installing new balusters. Be sure to follow building code spacing guidelines when installing new balusters.
Whether you have big building plans or just looking for a quick outdoor update, these tips and flips will help you make the most of your outdoor living space all year long!