Deck Construction in Ivyland, PA
Create a relaxing and welcoming space for spring and summer hangouts
The homeowners desired a welcoming outdoor area where they could conveniently spend a relaxing day during the spring and summer months or entertain guests for a barbeque. Their current brick and stone patio had little to offer as far as the available space, functionality and aesthetic were concerned. To accomplish their goals, they decided to add a deck extending off the back of the house that would allow easy access to and from the kitchen. It was also important for them to comfortably lounge or dine on the deck in the rain or shine, so they requested for a roof to be built over the deck to provide them with shade from the sun, while also offering coverage from any precipitation. Our team coordinated with the homeowners to design a deck that was consistent with their vision and project goals. We constructed a charming covered deck, extending directly off the back of the house, with a metal roof, weatherproof boards, deck lighting and staircases leading to the patio below.
The first step was to lay a foundation for the deck by digging footers and forming concrete piers, level with the bottom of the deck. Eldorado Mountain Ledge cultured stone was installed around the perimeter piers to create a rustic stone finish. Once the foundation was complete, rough framing was constructed, including a grade beam to support the deck stairs, a rafter fastened to the house and posts to support the roof. A standing seam metal roof extending from the house was installed, along with a vinyl soffit along the overhang and siding on the roof side walls to match the house exterior. Recessed lighting was installed in the ceiling so that the homeowners could use the deck even after the sun goes down. Two black propeller ceiling fans were also added to keep the deck cool during hot and humid summer days.
The next phase of the project was to construct the decking and railings. Cinnamon brown natural fiber-polymer composite deck boards were installed horizontally to create the flooring. These composite boards are a practical choice for this deck because they are weatherproof, low maintenance and durable in addition to being fade and stain resistant. To finish the outside edges of the deck base, a picture frame border with centerline transition was built along the joist length and matching fascia deck boards were installed around the perimeter face of the deck. The deck railing was built using white capped Trex rail posts with black top and bottom rails. The railing was completed with the addition of Trex black square balusters, connecting the top and bottom rails. Two sets of staircases were installed, one leading directly off the back of the deck down to the patio, and the other leading off the side of the deck facing the driveway. The risers and treads of the stairs were built with the same type and color of composite boards that were used for the deck floor. The stair posts, railings and balusters were composed of Trex materials equivalent to the perimeter deck railing, keeping the color and style consistent around the deck. A handrail was also installed on one side of the railing for easy accessibility when going up and down the deck stairs. The roof posts and beams were wrapped with white PVC, and caps and bases were added to the posts in the style of a column. The final step of this project was to finish the ceiling with beautifully polished natural pine tongue and groove boards. This exquisitely designed deck transformed the homeowners’ backyard into a comfortable and inviting outdoor space perfect for reading a good book on a breezy summer afternoon or hosting friends and family for a 4th of July barbeque. Our team successfully incorporated the homeowners’ needs and preferences into the design and construction so that their new deck will be enjoyed for many lazy afternoons, family meals and summer holidays to come!