Dressing Up Support Posts

Although these 6x6 PT posts are structurally sound, they look undersized and unfinished.

Offcuts were used for the simple built-up trim applied to the bases and tops of the cedar-clad columns.

Clad support columns that have been stained to match the trim on the rest of the house look more substantial than bare 6x6 PT posts and do a better job of visually anchoring a tall deck to the ground.

Drop blocks were added to the cantilevered section of this deck to support tiered trim that will be used to finish the fascia.

Posts can usually be clad with standard 1x6 and 1x8 trim, but check post dimensions first. Often, at least one face of a 6x6 post measures more than 5 1/2 inches wide.

Wide cladding, such as 1x12 rim fascia, makes 6x6 posts look even more substantial, but blocking must be added to properly support the trim.

With finished support columns and tiered fascia, this raised deck looks good from the ground level.

This deck is conventionally framed with 6x6 wood posts. The masonry columns are laid up around each post and tied to it with galvanized brick ties.

Brick columns don’t actually support this deck, but they’re built as if they did. The masonry requires adequately sized footings for support.

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