We moved to a new house to be closer to our family in 2016. The house had a deck that was built probably about 20 years ago. The deck boards were pressure treated lumber that had been painted several times and were splitting and generally looked pretty shabby. The deck also was very low to the ground yet it had railings all around which we thought blocked the views of the pretty back yard. Here are some “before” photos:
LedgerLOK screws. We doubled up the deck’s rim joists and added blocking to make the structure stiffer. We added a single cantilevered step around most of the deck and a planter box with low voltage lighting along the back. We built a small brick patio on the lower side, which is built on compacted sand and Brock Paver Base panels.
Courtland pavers (color: Autumn Blend) from Menards and the deck boards and fascia are Veranda ArmorGuard composite decking (color: Brazilian Walnut) from Home Depot. The brick pattern we used did not require any bricks to be cut. We used 20 foot deck boards and a picture-frame style border so there are no butt ends in the field of the deck. The deck boards are fastened with ArmorGuard hidden fasteners and for those that required face-screwing we used FastenMaster Cortex plugs to hide the screws.