With the deck boards laid, it is just a matter of adding the railings. First, though, we wanted to put in a privacy screen. We get a lot of sun in the summer around suppertime, and it can be downright unpleasant to eat outside in the heat and glare of that setting sun. At the same time, we didn`t want an oppressive wall next to us.
By putting spaces between the cedar slats, we allow some light and airflow, but also provide privacy and shade. To prepare for this, I made sure that the main posts were long enough to go up nearly 8 feet above the floor of the deck. Here is how we did it:
After the privacy screen was up, we put up the railings and voila! Wooden deck with pressure treated lumber and a cedar privacy screen.
Lovely. Can`t wait until we return to it next summer!