A customer in Falmouth with a newer home and large backyard wanted a low maintenance deck durable enough to stand up to tough Maine winters. I modified an existing design provided by the homeowner and built a custom 52′ x 12′ deck using Ipe, one of the most durable hardwoods available, and powder coated aluminum posts. Materials like the cablerail result in an unobstructed view of this wooded backyard . Give me a call or send me an email if you are interested in building a deck. Whether you have your own design, have ideas, or need a custom design, I will work with you to build something you and your family will enjoy.
A 50′ run of Ipe handrail installed on a stainless steel cable rail system from Viewrail
Viewrail cable rail with a custom ipe toprail
Another view of the framing. Blocking between the joists stiffens the guardrail posts.
A closer view of the framing. A double 2″ x 10″ carrying beam on 6″ x 6″ posts
Decking installation in progress. This deck was installed with Ipe clip hidden fasteners from Deckwise.
Here’s a very large 500 square foot deck I built in South Portland. The guardrail was built from Douglas Fir and the Classic Aluminum Balusters from Deckorators. The homeowner applied a clear UV sealer to the decking and guardrail to prevent the wood from graying.
View from the back. The deck is 32 feet wide and 22 feet deep. The railing has a total of 188 balusters.
The deck had a single set of 4 foot wide stairs to the backyard. I milled a handrail from Douglas fir to match the guardrail.
A view of the carrying beam. I used clamps and ratcheting tie downs to roll the carrying beam plumb.
Detail of the top rail. Love how the tight grain looks.
A deck on a sloped site with multiple levels. Built with pressure treated pine.
View from the stairs
Stairs to the backyard
Looking towards the backyard
Stairs to the driveway
View from the side
Stairs to the garage
This past fall I replaced a carrying beam supported by steel tubes that were buried directly in the ground sometime in the 1970’s. The beam was rotten and the ends of the steel posts had broken at ground level.
I began by removing the old beam and leveling the structure using a temporary girder and bottle jacks. Then new 8″ diameter concrete footings were placed 48″ below grade to support 6″ x 6″ posts. A seat notch supports each side of the the beam which was constructed using three plies of 2″ x 12″ Douglas fir. Copper flashing on the top and ends prevents water and ice from entering the space between the plies.
I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of the final step – I added cleats below the splice on each side of the 6″ x 6″ post to support the ends of the beams’ center ply. The cleats are attached to the posts with 5/8″ galvanized threaded rod.
A Garapa porch in Falmouth. Garapa is a very dense tropical hardwood from Brazil with a color and grain pattern similar to teak. The balusters are the Estate series by Deckorators. The wood was sealed with a tinted UV sealer to prevent graying.
The railing components were all custom milled from Douglas Fir and pressure treated pine to match the existing rail.
Railing milled from Douglas fir to match the existing rail
A small porch with a handrail. The wide top rail on the porch provides a surface for planters.
A small porch with a handrail mounted with weather-proof stainless hardware.
A small pressure treated pine porch with custom milled handrails
A girder was added under the deck joists to properly carry the weight of the deck. Rotten cedar decking and railing was replaced with pressure treated pine.
This is a deck I built in Portland using TimberSil from Maine Green Building Supply. TimberSil is a non-toxic alternative to standard pressure treated lumber.
This porch was designed to contain the homeowner’s two active dogs. The gate is extra sturdy yet easy to open. The decking and guardrail posts are glued to the framing with polyurethane construction adhesive to minimize checking as the pressure treated lumbers dries.
This project began as a hand drawn sketch a customer gave me. With his input, I created many revisions in SketchUp to which we added a lot of unique features – low voltage LED disc lights, concealed lighting under the countertop, hidden fasteners in the decking, and a custom milled two piece riser. The framing is constructed from pressure treated southern yellow pine. The decking, rail, posts and trim is Cumaru from Bozovich Timber Products.
The original porch on this old farmhouse in Cape Elizabeth was supported by ant infested pine timbers buried in the soil. The whole structure was on the verge of collapse. I installed temporary supports for the roof, removed the old porch,then replaced it with this one. The new concrete footings with pressure treated posts supporting the structure should last for many years to come.
A floating deck is a free standing structure that is not attached to the house using a ledger board. I built this one using Dek-Block brand precast concrete footings. The raised octagonal tier serves as a dining area and is about ten feet in diameter.
This deck replaced an old porch that was literally falling off of the house. It adds a great outdoor space that’s just the right size for the small house.
A solid six foot fence helps reduce the noise from the busy road in front of the house. It also provides privacy for this outdoor area.
A small deck built from pressure treated pine.
This gigantic deck wraps around an above ground pool, has some custom seating and a jacuzzi.
This is a large four tiered deck in Cape Elizabeth. A standalone structure houses an outdoor shower. You can see I had a lot of help with this one.
Adam Lakari Carpentry is a custom woodworking contractor serving Southern Maine. Designing and building decks, kitchens, cabinetry, furniture, fencing, and much more. Call (207) 210-7380 for a free estimate.