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deck start.JPG (102690 bytes)The beauty of construction is you see it come into being right in front of your eyes where nothing existed before!  My latest large project was building a deck on the East side of our home.  I have documented this project in the Summer of 2001.  This is the fourth deck I build.  Two decks are on this house, one on our previous house, and one at a friend's house.  First I made the complete design and got a permit to construct the deck.  The picture shows the very start, I removed some siding, then I attached a ledger with aluminum flashing to make sure no rain goes into the basement.  Of the two windows on the right, the left one will be removed and replaced by a door (which opens outward over the deck.)  The humming bird feeder was moved and the steps for the deck were placed on the right side.  Also, the three concrete footings are visible (these are 12" except the center one is 14".)

Fawzi and deck.JPG (106456 bytes)My older son (Fawzi Jr.) helped me to get the support beam and three columns plus one joist in order to hold the pieces in place.  We also used braces to keep the structure from falling down in case of strong winds.  From this point on, the deck was completed mostly by myself.  Sometimes my parrots would give me moral support, and my younger son Chris helped me when I needed a helping hand.

Tata on deck.JPG (108986 bytes)Putting the decking was doing a repetitive job, over and over again, one board at a time.  Here, Tata, the Umbrella Cockatoo is giving me moral support as I lay the decking at a 45 degree angle.  Behind me is the garden (not planted that summer) and two nestboxes and a mealworm feeder.

deck.JPG (62167 bytes)Well, near the end of the summer, the deck passed inspection.  The railing is special, it is tilted at 15 degrees so the rain would roll off it.  The door is in place, but the top was not completed at that time (it is all done now.)  The size of this deck is 12 x 16 ft.  


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Please feel free to send me, Fawzi Emad, any corrections, observations, comments or questions.  Thank you!  (The tail feather on the left is from Koko, our Blue-Front Amazon Parrot.)