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IPE hardwood deck in Lockport, Illinois

Dan and Andrea from Lockport, Illinois wanted to build an elegant deck addition to a house and create an area for fun and enjoyment, a space that’s inviting, versatile and attractive. They wanted to build a deck, which would be a focal point of the yard.

  As of a deck material, they picked IPE hardwood decking. If you haven’t heard of Ipe, it’s an imported exotic hardwood from South America, which is responsibly harvested from managed forests to provide truly renewable resource. It also called “Brazilian Walnut” or “Ironwood”, it’s one of the densest, most rot, insect and fire resistant woods, that doesn’t even float. It will last 100+ years without preservatives. It’s very difficult to work with, but the end product was definitely worth the added effort. Every end-grain cut must be sealed with a wax emulsion, every fastener must be pre-drilled with the correct sized pilot hole. Try and drill in to Ipe, or just drill to small of a pilot hole, and you will snap the screw.

  To secure Ipe decking, we used hidden deck fasteners “Ipe Clip” and on the edges and fascia, we used Ipe plug. There are no visible fasteners, so deck looks clean and elegant.

 To hide edges of  pregroved deck boards around perimeter of the deck, I created a border with two courses of the deck boards.

  Homeowners chose to install metal railing made by Fortress, which is virtually maintenance free, made of 100% pre-galvanized and powder coated iron and is known for optimal vision, strong and sleek profile. Because of the special brackets, I was able to run low voltage wires for the deck lights hidden in the railing.


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