Prairie Cedar Projects


Cedar decking is one of the most comfortable decking materials you can imagine. It is people friendly. Its low density makes it an excellent thermal insulator which means it remains comfortable to walk on, even super hot days. 

Natural cedar is not slippery and its natural properties ensure that lasts for decades.


Function:  Take a look at the space you have available. Consider features you want to include (BBQ, sitting area, dining area, sun tan, shade). Identify constraints (views, elevations, privacy, door locations, windows, sidewalks, stairs, etc.). Multiple tiers can accommodate change in elevation and common uses.

Picture yourself using the space. If you need shelter from wind or sun, incorporate a pergola or screening to the south and west. 

Flow:  Map out your seating areas, BBQ spot, and other basic needs. Look at how traffic flow affects your seating.

Plan to offset the stairs from your main living area so through traffic flows off on the side. 

Size: Strike a balance between personal space and intimacy. 12×12 is a good size for a functional living circle. 

Large groups fragment based on shared interests. Hence, multiple spaces are a more effective way to host larger groups of people.

Standards:  Maximum joist spacing for decking support is 16” on 5/4x6 deck boards and 24” on 2×6 decking.

Joist and beam sizing is dependant on spans and the size of your deck. (See Maximum Span Calculator for Wood Joist & Rafters)

Fasteners:  Blind fastening systems can be an aesthetically pleasing option.

Spacing: Do not space boards unless there is a specific need. They will shrink slightly after installation, leaving the perfect gap.

Stairs: The standard for deck stairs is 7” rise and 11” runs. Make all steps the same height. Odd steps are a tripping hazard. Stair width of less than 4’ will feel restrictive.

Lumber Care: Once you start construction, keep your wood building materials covered by a tarp, especially on hot sunny days. This makes a huge difference as it keeps your lumber straight & true!

Standards: Post spacing for deck railings is 6’ per section.

Common railing heights are 36” for decks up to 6′ high and 42” for anything higher. Check local building code for detailed guidelines and specific requirements.

Typically, decks less than 24” off the ground do not require a railing; however, stair railings tend to be useful regardless of deck height.

Options: Palings come in a variety of sizes and finishes. Cedar, square, sculptured, turned, fluted. Aluminum: round, flat, square. Glass panels or glass palings. 

Wind Protection: For privacy or wind protection, horizontal slat walls look great. Lattice is another good option. 7′ is a great height for a wind break. Post spacing of 4’-6’ work providing good support.

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