Category archives: Decks



Tips for Installing a Second-Level Deck

Get ready for summer with that next level deck Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to pull out the grill and start planning your outdoor activities. You could wear down that same patch of grass in your backyard for your grill, or you could finally build that deck you have been dreaming about for years. Installing your own deck is actually pretty simple to […]

How to Install Solar Lights on a Deck

Cost Effective Outdoor Lighting Solar deck light’s an ingenious choice to brighten up your outdoor landscape. Because it’s designed with a photo cell to run the electronic circuit, it does away with the complicated electrical installation and wire exposure. It also automatically turns off during the day and switches on at night. No bills, no frills and eco-friendly. Can anything get better than that when it comes to your outdoor […]

How to Cover Your Patio

Create An Entertainment Space A patio is where you extend the front portion of your house usually up to 3 to 4 metres long and it is single storied. The patio can be fully covered or partially covered depending on your entertaining preferences e.g. being able to have dinner outside in the summer even if it’s raining. Creating a cover can really extend the living and entertaining area of your […]

How to Re-stain Your Deck

Reinvigorate Your Deck Exposed to weather, and usage, your new deck will one day look worn and tired. You will need to maintain it by: regularly making sure that the area is clean, you don’t store large pot plants in one area for too long (water builds up underneath and rots the wood), the right nails are used and most importantly ensuring you stain it to upkeep the luster of the wood […]

How to Build Wooden Porch Stairs

Getting Started There comes a time when every porch will need to have the stairs replaced. Rather than paying a tradie hundreds of dollars to do the job for you why not learn how to build your own porch stairs. After all there are a million and one better ways to spend your hard earned cash. Building your own wooden porch stairs is not as hard as it may seem. […]

Top 5 Must Do's When Building a Deck

Add Property Value and Avoid Mistakes Building a deck is every kiwi DIY persons dream job because the end result will see them sitting on their own piece of fine craftsmanship drinking a nice cold beer enjoying the view.  But this can go horribly wrong and I’m not just talking in the immediate sense, oh no, there are certain things done to decks that can have a detrimental effect on them over the coming […]

Tips for Cleaning Pressure Treated Wood Decks

Keep Up Your Deck Maintenance For those of you who own a pressure treated wood deck, you should do the cleaning and maintenance on the surface at least once or twice every year, but it all depends, on the location of your house in relation to things like the sun, hills, trees etc and also the local climate such as the large variation when comparing Wellington to Auckland. Pressure treated […]

How To Stain Your Deck

Staining Deck Staining your deck has to be done when your deck loses its original color and starts to look worn-out and old. This happens due to the extreme exposure and other elements, a deck can be discolored overtime. Staining your deck is another way to turn your old deck into a new and beautiful outdoor addition to your home. Just think about it; it will most likely look like […]