Decks continue to be one of the most popular additions to homes today as more and more homeowners seek to enjoy outdoor living and expand living space. Ultimate Guide: Decks, Updated 5th Edition leads the homeowner through the process of designing and building a deck, whether as a do-it-yourself project or working with a contractor. Hundreds of step-by-step color photographs highlight the clear, concise, and friendly text. The authors provide helpful advice on generating ideas, selecting materials, and using tools as he leads the reader through the complete process. Further inspiration comes from dozens of deck designs and ideas from the nation's top deck designer/builders. Finally, 30 different deck projects, complete with plans and materials lists, are included so that even a novice can create a finished deck with this complete guide.