Among code decks for bank closings, we just recently finished up this patio deck for a previous customer. We built his upper deck a couple of years ago, and he wanted us to come back to install another deck at his basement walkout. Details are below:
This is a 25'6" x 9' front porch that we just completed. We installed 1" x 4" plus, Ipe' hardwood T & G perpendicular to the house, which gives the porch a very nice look. The area has 230 square feet of space. We also installed 5/4" thick fascia trim on the perimeter joists. The white residue that you see is an anchor seal that we use to coat all cut ends of the Ipe'. It creates a wax barrier to deter any checking and degradation in freshly sawn lumber. These customers can oil this Ipe' yearly to retain this rich color, or they can let it age naturally and gracefully, which it will then turn to a silvery grey patina. Left untreated, Ipe' still has superlative strength and durability. Our supplier is FSC certified and we can supply the chain of custody documents upon request.
Love this project, and love this customer's house! Very historic and interesting. The joists you see in the photo are at least 100 years old, and still just as strong as the new pine joists. If you're familiar with the construction world, then you will know what I mean when I say they're a "true" 2" x 8". Wish everything was still made this way. Anyway, we are installing T & G Ipe' on this front porch, which we ordered from Advantage Lumber. Beautifully cut, and will be simply gorgeous when we finish. Keep checking back for the completion of this project.
Keep checking back for completion photos. We are waiting for the break metal guys to trim out the soffits