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Design and Build Ipe Deck


The client wanted a deck for gardening, grilling and meals outdoors in the warmer months.  We decided upon Ipe (the Brazilian hardwood) decking and trim thoughout for it’s longevity and beautiful dark color. 

Ipe handrail and black iron balusters were used.  The Ipe knewell posts were drilled to accept small accent lighting, resulting in completely hidding wiring. 

Working with this exotic hardwood is not easy because it is so hard.  Cutting and drilling Ipe requires lots of sharp drill bits and saw blades.  The decking secured to the framing with hidden fasteners, the resule is a deck with no visible fasteners. 

A roof was constructed over the grilling area, and a small covered balcony was added to a nearby living room which connects to the main deck.

I brought in a structural engineer to evaluate my design.  An hour or two of his time affords a lifetime of peace of mind.