TYRONE, GA -- Real Outdoor Living, a wood education and promotion program managed by the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA), recently launched a series of free, inspirational, customizable deck plans entitled Destination: DECK. The plans are available on the Real Outdoor Living Web site at www.realoutdoorliving.com
Featuring five deck plans ranging in size from a townhome to a two-story deck attached to a traditional home to a standalone gazebo, there's a deck size and style to fit everyone's taste. Each of the five plans - The Townhouse, The Stratford, The Colonial, The Islander and The Tranquility - have their own informational page that includes free downloadable plans and a complete materials list. Additional deck plans will be added to the site in the coming months.
Customizable Deck Plans
Love the decks - but your backyard has a different layout than in the pictures? Not a problem! While the deck plans, as pictured, are free downloads, each plan can be customized for a small fee. Simply choose a plan you like, then click through from the deck plan page to the designer, give your home dimensions, and the designer will return deck plans perfect for your home at a fraction of the cost.
Designed by Shawn Miller of Classic Designs Inc., in Denver, Colorado, and Bobby Parks of Peachtree Decks & Porches in Atlanta, Georgia, all of the deck designs offer interesting angles, bump-outs and unexpected features intended to inspire. Far from being typical rectangle decks on the back of a house, the Destination: DECK series of deck plans offer style, elegance, creativity and personal touches.
Build green? Choose real wood.
Each of the decks in the Destination: DECK series was constructed using real, natural, authentic pressure-treated wood. The number-one decking material in the market and a long-time favorite of DIYers, builders and remodelers everywhere, wood is strong, durable, beautiful and environmentally friendly.
Worried about trees, forests and the environment? A recent study concluded that pressure-treated wood is a better decking material choice for the environment than alternative decking materials. Why?
·Wood decking production uses 8.5 times less energy than alternative decking production.
·Wood decking production uses 14 times less fossil fuel than alternative decking production.
·Wood decking emits 3 times less greenhouse gas during production than alternative decking.
·Wood decking production creates 2 times less smog than alternative decking production.
Additionally, wood from sustainably managed forests means that trees and wood will be around for generations to come - after all, wood is a natural, renewable resource. The forest industry plants more trees than are harvested each year and our forests are in better shape than they were a century ago.
Real Outdoor Living, a wood education and promotion program managed by the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA), is dedicated to educating homeowners, deck builders and lumber dealers/retailers as to the benefits of choosing real, authentic wood for outdoor building projects. For more information, please visit us at www.realoutdoorliving.com, on Facebook at "Wood," on YouTube at www.youtube.com/WoodItsReal and on twitter at @woodaholics