Piles, Bearers and Joists After you have chosen what type of decking you want to use we can then move on to designing the structure. Again we are designing the deck in the opposite direction to the way we would build the deck. Remember the joist spacings are max: (a) 600 mm joist centres for 32 mm … Continue reading Measuring up and designing your deck – Piles, bearers and joists
Designing a deck - Starting from the top When designing a deck at home it is important to plan out the whole project first. The timber chosen for a deck has flow on effects. The thickness of the decking can determine the joist spacings - the joist spacings can determine the maximum bearer spacings - … Continue reading Measuring up and designing your deck – Decking
Designing and building your own deck Building your own deck falls into the top end of do it yourself work and is a satisfying achievement for any home owner. Designing a deck that meets all requirements of the NZ Building Code is a complicated and daunting task. We have broken down each part of the … Continue reading Measuring up and designing your deck
Does your project require a building consent? Usually one of the first questions before a project begins is whether the work requires a building consent or not. Building projects that don't require consent fall under Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004. "The purpose of Schedule 1 is to exempt building work that is low-risk … Continue reading Does your project require a building consent?
We are currently going through the process of designing a small house for a section facing towards the north-east. An important part of the design process is determining where to place living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms. As well as taking advantage of the best views and practicality of living, it is also important to take … Continue reading Designing for the sun and thermal mass