Located on Lake Tapps near Tacoma, Wash., this multilevel deck required all of the skills I’ve acquired over my 35-year career as a builder to complete. My coworker and I worked on the project for more than four months, spending at least 40 man-hours alone heat-bending all the custom parts needed to complete the design.

It rains a lot in the Pacific Northwest, so after we framed the structure, we installed EPDM pond liner–membrane drainage systems on top of the joists on both the upper and lower levels to make the structure watertight. The lower deck is completely skirted to match the TimberTech decking, providing the homeowner with dry, secure storage accessed through custom-made doors hung from barn door hardware.

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