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  • Fire-Safe Decking

    Does anyone make a fireproof deck board?

  • Clearances for Outdoor Cookers

    My clients want to install a built-in high-Btu gas griller as part of a planned outdoor kitchen on the deck attached to their house. Can the cooker be placed under a protective overhang created by extending the existing roof?

  • Outdoor Kitchens for the South Coast

    Outdoor kitchens are a popular amenity in the seaside homes of well-heeled clients. But when designing an outdoor kitchen in the hot and humid Gulf, builders must take care to use durable materials that can take a beating. Pat Curry looks at how to craft these appealing spaces while making sure...

  • Waterproofing A Rooftop Deck

    A kitchen bump-out provided the perfect opportunity for a small terrace off the master bedroom.

  • JLC Extra Q&A: Preventing Frost Action on Structural Posts

    Q. In New York state, we built a pergola (a type of garden trellis) using 8x8 pressure-treated posts set 4 feet into the ground. During the first winter, the frost lifted the posts. What should we have done to keep the posts from heaving?

  • Surviving Wildfire

    Five Southern California "shelter in place" communities have proven they can stand up to raging wildfires. What can builders learn from their success

  • Bobcat Landscape Rake

    You could spend hours and hours with an iron rake and a wheelbarrow prepping the soil around your new spec house — or you could jump into a compact loader equipped with a Landscape Rake and do the job in a fraction of the time.

  • Laying a Flagstone Terrace

    For a smooth surface, cut the stones to fit and float them into place.

  • In the News

    New fact sheet on Hispanic immigrants; loyal clients help umberyard rally after fire; worker injured in scaffold accident; more

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