When you're seeking either inspirational ideas or knowledge concerning decks, patios, gardens, or any other outdoor living space topic, these resources are for you. You can go as deep as you want to, because some of these cover the more technical aspects and lead even further down the path of discovery should you choose to do all or any part of a project yourself. These are also very useful as preparation material prior to interviewing contractors for your project.
- Backyards and Gardens - This seemingly endless resource offers ideas, inspiration, tips, and pretty much anything you want to know about planning, decorating, and maintaining your outdoor environment.
- TimberTech Deck Design Tools - TimberTech, a leading supplier of composite deck materials, offers some very useful design and inspiration tools on their web site. These include:
- Product Selector - Helps you select the product that best suits your needs
- Color Visualizer - An interactive tool for visualizing color options for your deck
- Deck Designer - An interactive tool to help you design your own deck
- Multimedia - Additional resources in video, articles, and photos to inspire you
- NADRA's Deck Safety Program - The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) offers some useful resources to help you determine if your deck is safe. If you would prefer to have your deck inspected by a professional, Breyer Construction provides this important service.
- Guide to Alternative Decking - This guide produced by Professional Deck Builder magazine provides a comparison of various decking materials.
- Guide to Hidden Fasteners - This guide produced by Professional Deck Builder magazine is an ideal companion to the Alternative Decking guide above and provides a comparison of available hidden fasteners for decks.
- Hidden Costs of Outdoor Lighting - This comparison sheet put out by i-lighting shows the serious differences in cost of ownership between conventional outdoor lighting and their LED products.
- Freestanding Decks - Although this article written by Matt Breyer for a trade magazine is somewhat technical in parts of the content, you will find it very useful in planning a deck project and covering important considerations.
- Combining Hardscape With a Deck - Matt also had this helpful article published that demonstrates how backyard issues can be creatively resolved and provide an enjoyable outdoor living space.
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