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  1. The Designer’s Way---Decks and patios can become outdoor rooms for eating, sleeping, entertaining, bathing or playing. Historically, this is part of a rich design tradition that comes down to us from ancient Egypt, Greece and China.
  2. Design Basics---The basics of designing a deck or patio include considerations of space, visual limits, light, color, textures, form and perspective as well as natural considerations like sound, wind, shade and sun.
  3. The Designer’s Workbook---How you design your deck or patio not only means drawing a set of plans, it also means staking out a grid, deciding on your elevations, and creating your concept design.
  4. The How-To's of Deck Construction---How to select lumber and materials. How to pour footings and piers. How to build ledgers and basic substructures. All about blocking and bracing. How to lay decking.
  5. The How-To's of Patio Construction---How to lay and cut bricks. How to mix, pour and finish concrete. How to build steps and paving blocks. Choosing alternative pavings.
  6. The Working Plan---The completed plan includes building permits, balancing load factors, and a variety of special optional features like ramps, gates, benches, planter boxes, even storage spaces.

How to Design & Build Decks & Patios

Decks and patios, whether separate or combined, become outdoor living rooms that greatly expand and enhance your home. Here is a guide full of details on how to design and build according to your own needs.

Ortho/Chevron Chemical Company

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Created and designed by the editorial staff of ORTHO BOOKS

Design chapters written by Lin Cotton, A.S.LA

Construction chapters written by T. Jeff Williams Art Direction by James Stockton

Designed by Craig Bergquist

Illustrations by Ron Hildebrand

Front & back cover photography by Fred Lyon

Major photography by Michael Landis

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Manager, Ortho Books Robert L. lacopi Editorial Director Min S. Yee Editor Anne Coolman Horticultural Editor Michael D. Smith Administrative Assistant Judith C. Pillon Copy Editing by Shirley Manning Editorial Consultant James K. McNair Additional photography by Ann Ashley Dennis Bettencourt John Blaustein Lin Cotton

'Fred Kaplan Michael McKinley James K. McNair Tom Tracy T. Jeff Williams Plan

Drawings by Lin Cotton- Life Designs, San Francisco

Proofreading by Editcetera, Berkeley, CA

Indexing by Baxter & Stimson Typography by Terry Robinson & Co.

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Color Separations by Color Tech Corp.

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Address all inquiries to: Ortho Books Chevron Chemical Company Consumer Products Division 575 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

Copyright © 1979 Chevron Chemical Company All rights reserved under International and Pan-America Copyright Conventions No portion of this book may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher We are not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs, or illustrations. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. ISBN 0-917102-78-9. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 79-52994

Acknowledgements Sam Adler, Jr.

Basil Callori , A.I.A., Life Design, San Francisco Douglas Chism, A.S.L.A .. Atlanta, GA Claire Cooper-Marcus, Univ. of Calif., Dept. of Landscape Architecture Mrs. George Cutler Garrett Eckbo, A.S.LA Green Bros. Landscaping, Atlanta, GA Burton Litton, A.S.LA Stephen Marcus, U.C. Grass Co., San Francisco Pierre Merle, New York, NY Geraldine Knight Scott, A.S.LA California Redwood Association San Francisco, CA for photographic assistance Western Wood Products Association Portland, OR for photographic assistance and for material assistance on Landis deck shown on pages 1, 47, 56,57, 58, 67.

Cover styling by Sara Slavin Cover photography plants loaned by Egger & Sons Nurseries Mill Valley and Kentfield, CA Ross Valley Gardens Larkspur, CA American Garden - Perry's Inc.

Fremont , CA Malibu Lights on cover courtesy of Intermatic, Inc., Spring Grove, IL Deck furniture loaned by The McGuire Company San Francisco, CA Photo research by Carousel- Winfrey.

Page 12: Acropolis / J. Foxx- Woodfin Camp; Hanging Gardens and Agora / Culver Pictures; Garden of Eden/ Granger Collection.

Page 13: Persian rug and Egyptian garden plan/ Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Page 14: Chinese landscape/ Metropolitan Museum of Art and Newsweek Books.

Page 15: Village/ New York Public Library; Villa d'Este/ Photo researchers.

Page 16: L'Orangerie / Carousel- Winfrey; Versailles/ Musees Nationaux- Newsweek Books.

Page 17: Kew Gardens / Photo researchers.

Page 19: Alhambra / Adam Woolfitt- Woodfin Camp.

Page 20: Katsura Palace / Sekai Bunka.

Page 25: Betsy Church Deck and patio design credits: Lin Cotton: pages 4-5, 24, 28 (bottom left ), 100, 105; Goldberg & Rodier Landscaping 27 (top)

71 (bottom) , 91 (bottom), 95 (bottom) , Rudi Harbauer, Atlantic Nurseries: 23 (top right), 27 (bottom), 85 (top center), 88, 106 (bottom), 107 (top left and right ); Russell Ireland Landscaping: 8, 22 (center). 26, 28 (top right ), 64 (bottom right), 87, 97 (top right). 107 (bottom) .

Also see: Quick, Cost-Effective Home Upgrades [Ortho series]

How to Plan Perfect Kitchens [Ortho series]

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