Porches and decks add beauty and value to a house and also make it easy to enjoy being outdoors. But these spaces have to be properly designed and built to stand up to the weather. This collection of practical projects brings together the professional advice you need to build attractive and lasting porches & decks. You'll learn how to: – Design wooden porches and decks that suit any house – Choose materials that resist rot and hold up to damp weather – Add more living space to your home with a screened porch – Build a deck that is plain and simple – Make attractive and ingenious screens that let breezes in but keep bugs out – Create attractive deck details such as built-in furniture, decorative post caps, and railings * For Pros, By Pros series: written by professional builders who actually do the work, then offer the very best design and construction advice plus building site-proven tips and techniques. * Fine Homebuilding is the leading international journal for home builders and architects.