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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby Defence21 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:57 am

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Defence21 wrote:What's a good size for a deck? At first I was thinking something like 10 x 18 or 10 x 20 -- but now I'm starting to think more along the lines of 12 x 16 for the sake of not having to cut the lumber to size. For those with decks, what's better: square or rectangle?

do you plan on using the deck as a place of social gathering, or mostly for grilling/chilling?

We do a lot of grilling/chilling -- but we also have social gatherings. That being said, when we have social gatherings, we'll include our yard, and not just the deck.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby canaan on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:00 am

as for the deck railing, i would rock a modern atlantis style that would fit your theme. it may not be the most fiscally responsible, but its killer.


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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby canaan on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:01 am

Defence21 wrote:
canaan wrote:
Defence21 wrote:What's a good size for a deck? At first I was thinking something like 10 x 18 or 10 x 20 -- but now I'm starting to think more along the lines of 12 x 16 for the sake of not having to cut the lumber to size. For those with decks, what's better: square or rectangle?

do you plan on using the deck as a place of social gathering, or mostly for grilling/chilling?

We do a lot of grilling/chilling -- but we also have social gatherings. That being said, when we have social gatherings, we'll include our yard, and not just the deck.

i like a square deck because of the freedom you have in choosing the layout (and later amending the layout).
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby columbia on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:03 am

canaan wrote:as for the deck railing, i would rock a modern atlantis style that would fit your theme. it may not be the most fiscally responsible, but its killer.


sample:

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Are you planning on hiring a yeoman purser to make sure everyone is comfortable at the party?
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby canaan on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:03 am

sorry for the multi-posting but, an idea that would be pretty cool to mix the modern/classical nautical theme would be the atlantis style railing with less strands than in the picture above (or glass panel) and instead of the tedious stainless rail look, go with a taut rope style of the material that shafnutz likes. that would be unique as heck.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby mac5155 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:10 am

your 16' wolmanized boards are going to have a lot of bow in them.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby Defence21 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:17 am

mac5155 wrote:your 16' wolmanized boards are going to have a lot of bow in them.

Ah...good point. Precisely why I am asking questions here. What's a good length...8'?
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby Defence21 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:21 am

canaan wrote:as for the deck railing, i would rock a modern atlantis style that would fit your theme. it may not be the most fiscally responsible, but its killer.


sample:

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Excellent idea and very unique. Two problems I see, though: expense and safety. We're on a relatively tight budget, so going with something like this likely would not be feasable. Now, moving more in the direction of nautical line -- that's another story. As for safety, we have a 4 month old and often entertain with family/friends who have young kids. I'm not entirely comfortable using something like wire/rope as the primary deck rail/safety barrier for a deck that will be at least 4 feet off the ground.

One thought I had was to do horizontal boards for the deck rails with rope going across the the top. Might still give the look, while keeping safety at the forefront.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby mac5155 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:31 am

Defence21 wrote:
mac5155 wrote:your 16' wolmanized boards are going to have a lot of bow in them.

Ah...good point. Precisely why I am asking questions here. What's a good length...8'?


I'm not certain of the bow but wolmanized lumber is worse than regular stuff. 8 feet should be better. Additionally, I'd consider doing a "diagonal" pattern, not one parallel with the house. llike this one:

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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby JS© on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:31 am

I'm not so sure that's wire in the decks.com pic, like dangling wire that a baby could get wrapped up in.

To me those look like metal rods, which actually might be safer as long as they don't fall into them.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby mac5155 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:34 am

JS© wrote:I'm not so sure that's wire in the decks.com pic, like dangling wire that a baby could get wrapped up in.

To me those look like metal rods, which actually might be safer as long as they don't fall into them.


Yeah but what if we have leaners? I don't want to have to look through metal wire. :pop:
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby canaan on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:36 am

JS© wrote:I'm not so sure that's wire in the decks.com pic, like dangling wire that a baby could get wrapped up in.

To me those look like metal rods, which actually might be safer as long as they don't fall into them.

its tight strung cable.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby canaan on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:38 am

heres something more cost effective that has a great finished look. painting the deck railing white would probably give it more of a nautical/beach feel, as this has more of a modern woodsy cabin feel.

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something along this line is killer as well.

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(i dont know why im harping on railing so much) :lol: :oops:
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby columbia on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:43 am

The top one is actually a really nice design.

#bravochannel
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby itissteeltime on Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:53 pm

mac5155 wrote:your 16' wolmanized boards are going to have a lot of bow in them.


Why do you say that? As long as the joists are spread appropriately, I don't see why this would be an issue. As far as the design of the actual decking, I think a heringbone pattern would be cool.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby itissteeltime on Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:54 pm

columbia wrote:The top one is actually a really nice design.

#bravochannel


Kinda looks like a boat haha. Going to cost a hell of alot more than standard deck railing though.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby Defence21 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:03 pm

itissteeltime wrote:
columbia wrote:The top one is actually a really nice design.

#bravochannel


Kinda looks like a boat haha. Going to cost a hell of alot more than standard deck railing though.

Did you get a chance to work on the sketch last night? Just curious...
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby itissteeltime on Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:07 pm

Defence21 wrote:
itissteeltime wrote:
columbia wrote:The top one is actually a really nice design.

#bravochannel


Kinda looks like a boat haha. Going to cost a hell of alot more than standard deck railing though.

Did you get a chance to work on the sketch last night? Just curious...


I did. I like how it's coming along. I'm going to try to send it to you tomorrow or Friday.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby Defence21 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:08 pm

itissteeltime wrote:
Defence21 wrote:
itissteeltime wrote:
columbia wrote:The top one is actually a really nice design.

#bravochannel


Kinda looks like a boat haha. Going to cost a hell of alot more than standard deck railing though.

Did you get a chance to work on the sketch last night? Just curious...


I did. I like how it's coming along. I'm going to try to send it to you tomorrow or Friday.

Sounds great! Any chance I can see what you have done thus far?
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby canaan on Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:12 pm

you could always go with a standard rail and attach these at the posts and run your ropelines draped through the eyes. that'd be a relatively cheap way to get the desired effect.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby columbia on Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:16 pm

canaan wrote:you could always go with a standard rail and attach these at the posts and run your ropelines draped through the eyes. that'd be a relatively cheap way to get the desired effect.


How do know so much about nautical railings? :lol:
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby mac5155 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:24 pm

itissteeltime wrote:
mac5155 wrote:your 16' wolmanized boards are going to have a lot of bow in them.


Why do you say that? As long as the joists are spread appropriately, I don't see why this would be an issue. As far as the design of the actual decking, I think a heringbone pattern would be cool.


just from purchasing lumber at lowes i know it was hard to find a 16' piece of 2x4 that didnt have a ton of bow in it.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby itissteeltime on Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:34 pm

Do you plan on using real wood? Sorry if I missed that. I'd suggest using Trex.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby Defence21 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:35 pm

itissteeltime wrote:Do you plan on using real wood? Sorry if I missed that. I'd suggest using Trex.

Real wood, yes, as it will fit much better into our budget.
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Re: Need help with creative/nautical deck ideas

Postby canaan on Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:43 pm

columbia wrote:
canaan wrote:you could always go with a standard rail and attach these at the posts and run your ropelines draped through the eyes. that'd be a relatively cheap way to get the desired effect.


How do know so much about nautical railings? :lol:

I used to do a bunch of remodeling projects with my dad. growing up, we watched a lot of related tv shows--hometime, this old house, old yankee workshop, etc. i loved it.

i still watch a ton of hgtv, diy, and the like.
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