Despite our need for shelter from elements that can kill us, we have always sought opportunity to get back into or close to nature. We prefer to do so on our terms, rather than whatever climate and circumstances nature decides to offer when we feel that need. A large part of our effort to reunite with nature has revolved around creating outdoor spaces adjoining our houses. There, we can get outside to enjoy favorable climate conditions, at whatever time we choose.
These outdoor spaces go by many names and have manifested as lanais, porches, screened enclosures, patios, etc. The most common outdoor spaces, constructed and attached to homes in western cultures, are outdoor decks, balconies and patios. This course explores options available to build decks and balconies and presents the installation, coatings, maintenance and advantages of several popular decking materials.