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Jul 18

Porch on Piers Better than a Porsche with Beers

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: design, decks


I just purchased a home in the Bon Air area.  It has a nice screened porch on the back which I simply love.  My only concern is that it is built on piers.  It appears to be structurally sound but it concerns me that it does not have a complete-solid foundation.  Am I over-reacting or is this something I should be concerned about? 

- BP, Chesterfield, VA 


Congratulations on your new home!  It is so exciting to make a move!

One question:  When you refer-to "piers", are you talking about something like pressure-treated 4x4's? 



No-they are brick piers.  B


Dear BP:

There is nothing

Jan 02

Getting Decked-Out

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: DIY, decks
Dear AskMason:

My wife and I are planning to build a new deck soon. It seems like salt-treated wood is not used too much anymore. Why? We have heard about and seen Trex, as well as Ipe and other materials. We’re confused! Which is the best??

John in Goochland


Advance congratulations on your upcoming improvements! A deck is a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Central Virginia!

I love your question for two reasons: 1) Obviously, the deck material inquiry is one we deal-with regularly – there are SO many options. 2) The premise, “which is the best?” may apply to any of a number of

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