Hickory Dickory Decks is proud to showcase our new deck video as filmed by Arrested Images Photography and Design. Drew Cunningham wrote, filmed and edited the entire deck building video and we are grateful for his hard work and talents. Special thanks goes out to our lead carpenter Jeremy Nie and carpenter ‘Scotty’ who built a deck over the course of spring 2014.
Establishing the Deck Foundation
In this video we begin with the ground being broken just before the construction begins. Our next step is to ensure that each deck project has a solid foundation. Hickory Dickory used 6″x6″ beams fixed in concrete for this project. For the foundation, you’ll note that we used Vycor Deck Protector to flash the deck. Vycor Deck Protector is placed under the decking boards to reduce rot and decay as the deck protector reduces the chances of having trapped water underneath the deck.
Once the foundation is established, framing begins. Here we lay down our composite deck boards, and cut all protruding ends flush with the deck. We then installed a faceplate over the ends. In this video you’ll catch a good view of the stringer’s faceplate which adds exceptional support.
Framing your Deck
After the framing is completed, the decking begins. We always screw in our screws from beneath the deck so you’ll never have unsightly screw heads. In this video we install a double border that extends around the entire deck. Each joint and mitre meets the exact standards of our talented and experienced deck building craftsmen.
Deck Railing and Lighting
The final step in the deck construction process is installing the railing system. In this deck we also installed plexi glass inserts instead of using spindles or balusters (a baluster is a stair stick used to support the handrail.) Low voltage lights were placed in each step’s faceplate, which improves visibility at night so you don’t trip. The deck is completed with a cedar trellis to allow the owner to allow vines or roses to climb up the wood.
With our crew’s hard work complete, all that’s left is for you to enjoy life outdoors on your deck!
Use your imagination, think outside of the box and let your dream deck take shape. Of the curved variety of course. You can’t believe you didn’t think of it before? Why let convention and corners dictate the shape of your deck when throwing a little curve into it can be accomplished with ease and within budget.
Curved decks are appealing to the eye and building a curved deck will provide versatility to your space. Can you say “Zen”. A curved deck does what an angular deck can’t. It is more than functional. While cutting the ends of your materials to complete a curved edge is one way of producing the effect, with the use of low maintenance decking or traditional materials, boards can actually be curved. In the past, curved decks weren’t very common. Over the years, materials and tastes have evolved, and rounded features have become more popular.
These curves will add interest to a your deck and can solve design issues. A curved deck provides options in design that a square deck can’t. It can be paired with curved seating and backyard elements such as fire pits, patio heaters and tables. With the use of radiant heat, or hot water, composite decking can be bent to the desire degree. The heat from the sun can actually bend some boards on their edge. Some composite and metal railing companies offer curved railing that can be custom ordered to match your decks radius. When planning the design or your curved deck, it is important to start with a good deck plan.
At Hickory Dickory Decks, if you can imagine it, they’ve built it. They will design your new deck with these curves in mind and turn your vision into reality.
Likely the most versatile backyard element there is, just saying the word, “cabana” makes you wanna party, but what is a cabana exactly and what is it’s purpose?
The beauty of having a cabana is that it can serve so many functions that we at Hickory Dickory Decks are hard pressed to label for the consumer. No one outdoor feature will transform your back yard into a bar, restaurant, resort and spa, like a cabana will. You will want to ask yourself, “what do i intend to use my cabana for?” Designing the outside of the cabana is only half the job. The interior of your cabana may have an entirely different look.
Some Cabanas are used as a kitchen, a bar or both. Many are utilized as a pool house or change room for the pool. Although a cabana can be built for storage, we can think of many better uses. A cabana can be a bunk house, or simply a shaded area to sit. It can house your back yard audio/video, your fridge and barbecue. It can simply be a place to sit and have a drink or a mini house. Your cabana might include a ceiling fan or even a shower and the lighting you choose will set the mood. You may choose to have your cabana fashioned to reflect the architectural design of existing buildings, including your home.
When choosing the building materials that you want use, think diversity. When you decide on a cabana design this is your opportunity to mix it up. Cushioned seating may be part of the equation. Different types of wood can add interest and dimension. Planter boxes can even be incorporated. The sky is the limit in design options and the experts at Hickory Dickory Decks are excited to custom design the cabana to suit your individual needs.
The arsenal of tools we use to survive the extreme weather in Canada includes the awning. We spend much of the year complaining about the frigid temperatures and the remainder of the year complaining about the unbelievable heat. The awning must have been created by Mother Nature. A great awning over a great deck is an apology of sorts.
You have had Hickory Dickory Decks already build you the deck of your dreams. It has transformed your life, increased your property value, and your living space. It has created an outdoor atmosphere that begs for a celebration. But alas, you are unable to set foot on your new deck, for fear of bursting into flames.
Although many low maintenance decking materials resist this extreme heat, there is no battling the west facing sun in the early afternoon. Unless you have an awning. Awnings come in many different materials and styles and whether you choose a stationary or retractable awning, it will be the best hangover you’ve every had. At Hickory Dickory Decks, we don’t just help you get your deck built, we help you complete your outdoor space and sometimes this project calls for an awning. Your awning’s job is not only to protect your toes from the being charred, but it will also break strong winds, and protect you from a downpour. No more rained out barbecues. When you’re looking at 35 degree weather and 100 percent humidity, the 20 degrees that an awning can take off that sweltering day is a God send.
In 50 bc, the Roman poet Lucretius, said “Linen-awning, stretched, over mighty theatres, gives forth at times, a cracking roar, when much ’tis beaten about, betwixt the poles and cross-beams”. Basically saying that when all else is lost , you’ll still have your awning. Though a little dramatic, a well built and installed awning will last many many years. Unlike sails , umbrellas and pop up canopies, awning are semi permanent. Many are warranted for 25 years or more. Ask your Hickory Dickory Decks specialist about your future outdoor project.
Pergolas have to be the prettiest outdoor element out there. It’s the sweetheart of the decking industry and at Hickory Dickory Decks, pergolas are the icing on the cake. A well built pergola can complete a backyard makeover like nothing else.
Designing your pergola allows for plenty of creativity and there are endless options. Size and shape will the define overall look of your pergola but the materials you use are important as well. Like all decking projects, there are a range of materials available to the consumer. In the past, many pergolas were built of red cedar because of it’s beauty and durability, but a world of options have opened up in the decking industry. These options have given the consumer many, many choices when it comes to the design and the overall look of their pergola. Wood, vinyl, metal, and fiberglass, pvc and composite are some of the materials available. These options provide an abundance of colour and pattern to your project and often, more than one will be used.
Traditionally, a pergola is a garden feature, forming a shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area with vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice. More modern uses for a pergola include an organic space to entertain. A well built structure, along with the naturally grown foliage that often trains it way on and over a well placed pergola, will create a cozy and intimate venue for friends and family.
While the look of your pergola is important, the quality of it’s structure is equally important. Because a pergola is often used for shelter from the elements, your structure will need to withstand all kinds of extreme weather. Hickory Dickory Decks has more than 25 years experience in providing this kind of quality.
Creativity is key when designing a pergola. It’s your chance to utilize non traditional colours and textures. It is, after all, accenting an already much loved backyard. Designing your pergola is not the time to be conservative. Put your pergola out there, for all to see. With the help of Hickory Dickory Decks, your new pergola will be your new conversation piece.
If you are planning a new deck, Clubhouse decking is a product you’ll want to learn more about. You’ll want the best and Clubhouse has got it. Clubhouse decking is unique among composite decking materials and is produced by Deceuninck, a renowned manufacturer of vinyl and pvc products since 1937.
When choosing your decking materials, composite low maintenance decking is something you will likely consider and Clubhouse decking is a leader in the low-maintenance decking industry. Clubhouse is light weight. It is 100 percent pvc and contains no wood product. Because of this, it is up to 25 percent lighter than many other composite decking materials. Clubhouse decking will integrate beautifully into your existing outdoor space or can help shape a new one.
Clubhouse has a unique fastening system that is easy to install, and will leave your deck surface untouched. The Clubhouse hidden fastener biscuit option acts like a tongue, simultaneously spacing the deck boards and holding them down.
Clubhouse decking and vinyl railing system with SunShield technology features a limited lifetime warranty with 25-year fade and stain coverage. Sun, wind, rain, even snow and ice – relax, you’re covered.
The result of using Clubhouse decking and the experts at Hickory Dickory Decks for your next project, is a deck that will stand the test of time. It will resist colour and grain fading, will withstand all kinds of extreme weather and cleans up easily with standard household cleaners.
Your deck is an investment. Clubhouse will ensure that you are enjoying your investment for years to come.
Whether your spa is the focal point of your deck or simply an add-on to your existing outdoor space, a well designed spa deck can take your experience out of the simple rhelm of relaxation into a multi-purpose backyard element.
Victoria day weekend is fast approaching and there’s not much that’s more Canadian than sitting around your hot tub with a few friends. How your friends get into your spa can make or break their experience. A spa deck built by Hickory Dickory Decks, will ensure your guests are not left gracefully straddling precariously on the edge, while trying not to spill their drink and holding their bathing suit up. Or worse, with nothing on at all.
Whether you are looking to Hickory Dickory Decks to build your new spa deck or you are looking forward to doing it yourself, your new spa deck will add value and enjoyment to your home. For those of you that want to use your spa on a daily basis, having the comforts of home included in your spa deck is essential. This might include lights and speakers, storage and seating. Hickory Dickory Decks can built all of this and more. The options are endless, but a successful project will depend on a clear plan. While many designs for spa decks are available, knowing your needs are imperative in designing the right spa deck for you. There are countless materials available that will ensure your spa deck goals are met. There are low maintenance , slip resistant materials with lots of colour choices. Materials that won’t crack, peel or warp. A new spa deck can compliment your existing outdoor leisure space, including your home and landscaping.
How you entertain with your new spa deck, and with whom is up to you. A well built spa deck will provide beauty, safety and privacy. A well built spa deck will help to ensure that no one sees more of your company than you intended.
Porches are trending in the housing market today and a screened-in porch can not only add value to your life but also, value to your home. The new home owners of today are becoming porch sitters and the increase in popularity of screened-in porches is creating a world of design options like never before.
With the design experts at Hickory Dickory Decks and the wide variety of materials available, your new screened-in porch will look nothing like your Grandma’s porch.
The word porch comes from the latin word, “portico” and the words “screened in porches” come from modern day english, meaning, “can’t take the bugs.” We all enjoy the outdoors but for some of us, the mosquitos, blackflies and not so perfect weather can put a real damper on all the festivities. A screened-in porch is a perfect solution.
A screened-in porch is not just a deck, but also an architectural feature of your home. It gives you a place to take your living outside, and ultimately increases the square footage of your living space.
Whether your screened-in porch is built on an existing structure such as a backyard deck or a front porch, or your own creation, the design experts and experienced carpenters at Hickory Dickory Decks will bring your vision to life.
The screened in porch can be a place where your personal life meets your public life and a screened-in porch can showcase your personal flair. With so many options in design and materials, it can also be where you dine or even sleep. Whether you are looking for a hanging swing as the focus of your screened-in porch or a hanging bed, (yes, I said hanging bed), Hickory Dickory Decks can build it. We are just as excited as you to create your indoor/outdoor space.
You perfected your cannonball last year but you got pretty tired of dragging the neighbours trampoline over to the pool each time you wanted to impress your friends. This year, why not consider a pool deck.
Whether you are replacing an old pool deck or building a new pool deck, the comfort and appeal that this project will add to your landscape will truly impress your friends.
A well built pool deck can outlast your pool. With Hickory Dickory Decks offering so many options in design and materials, there is a pool deck for everyone.
Low maintenance decking is an excellent option for any wet area and makes for a great slip resistant surface for safety around the pool. A pool deck made of low maintenance materials will keep you swimming and allow you to enjoy more time around the pool with family and friends.
A low maintenance pool deck also means no slivers, less warping, no peeling or cracking and no surface nails and screws. These materials also retain less heat which is a bonus on those sweltering summer days.
When Building a pool deck, you’ll also want to consider visual landscape pieces to match. Accessories like planter boxes, benches and seating and gazebos. Also security features to ensure safe swimming all year round.
Although a low maintenance pool deck is a great option when looking or build a new pool deck, it’s not the only one. Whether you want the challenge of building your own pool deck or want to hire the professionals to build your pool deck, Hickory Dickory Decks has the materials, designs and experience to help you get the job done.
Contact your local HDD sales representative to discuss all your pool decks options.
Hickory Dickory Decks has more than 25 years experience in the decking business and want to save your neighbors the visual of you launching off their trampoline, into that award winning cannonball.
Hickory Dickory Decks started building custom decks in 1987, and in the first year or two most of our decks were pressure treated. What we soon found out though was that pressure treated decking cracks and splinters much more than B.C. western red cedar. Since we decided that Hickory Dickory Decks wanted to build premium custom decks we soon switched to cedar. Canada has some of the best outdoor decking materials in the world such as B.C. western red cedar. I flew out to British Columbia and after a few great days on the Whistler, Blackcomb slopes I checked out lots of cedar mills. Cedar was losing major ground to pressure treated but when the consumer was told the benefits of cedar they chose it 9 times out of 10. Cedar has a fantastic natural look and resistance to insect damage naturally without adding dangerous manmade chemicals like arsenic which is what pressure treated was using. Cedar allows stains to protect it further but our customers were finding most retail deck stains only lasted one year making their new deck a yearly maintenance headache. If cedar is left without stain it will naturally fade to a silver-grey colour and if our customer liked this look we recommended they leave their deck natural and therefore it became low maintenance.
The main problem with this was that the majority of our customers did not like grey decks and that started our quest for other low maintenance options. Today we have many different brands of low maintenance decking from wood/plastic composites, some with recycled plastic of various types, to complete vinyl decking. There is also fiberglass composition, recycled carpet fiber and many other low maintenance deck options which makes up over 80 percent of our customer’s decks. Its main benefit is no yearly staining maintenance, however it offers many other useful benefits. It will usually last much longer then a wooden deck which makes it the low cost option over time. Some of the other characteristics that some of these products offer are that they are less slippery when wet, have no slivers, cracking, warping, twisting, no knot holes and some reflect heat and have 25 year warranties.
Hickory Dickory Decks has built over 10,000 projects using most of the products on the market and we will be happy to educate you about the advantages and disadvantages of these products, depending of your personal requirements for your deck. Please visit our websites www.decks.ca, www.hickorydickorydecks.com, www.hickorydickorydecks.ca to find out more about our current best sellers and call for some free advice.
President and CEO of Hickory Dickory Decks