How to build a deck

Constructing a wood deck correctly can make the ideal transition

between your home and your backyard. How to build a deck planning

and building should result in a wonderful place to go to relax

and unwind after a hectic day. Whether you are want to have your

deck built by a professional or do it yourself, building a deck

the correct way needs a proper planning and design.

Here are five basic considerations for building a wooden deck:

1. Choose Your Deck style - there are several types of decks you

can have for your home. An outdoor patio deck can be connected to

your home. A convenient place for your outdoor patio deck could

be connected to the family room or kitchen. How to build a deck

that is a destination deck? A destination deck would typically be

placed in a special place with a view and would not be connected

to your home. You might have a winding path that would lead to

the destination deck. How to build a deck that is connector to

deck? A connector deck is several smaller decks of any shape or

size connected to each other with pathways.

2. Looking at Your Deck Activities - when building a wood deck,

will your deck be a spot to grill and barbecue? Are you going to

have parties and entertain family and friends? Is your deck going

to be a peaceful place for lounging, reading or enjoying your

favorite beverage? Will you have a deluxe hot tub on your deck?

To gain secrecy, will you have landscaping, plants or trees

around your deck? Take some time and think through how to build a

deck that will full fill the way you want. To do this just go

online and buy a good book on planning and building a wood deck.

3. Decide Your Deck Size - if your house and backyard is small

and you won't entertain large groups, you likely don't need a

large deck. Too big a deck can actually make the house appear

smaller. Keep it simple, but add an angle or two to the deck

design if you want. When building a wood deck, you can separate

the deck into two areas - one area for lounging and sunning and

another part is for cooking and dining.

4. What type of Deck Materials Will You utilize - if you are

building a wooden deck, there are a few structural parts. Your

deck may need concrete footings that extend below the frost line

if you'll have freezing winters. If your deck is build on sandy

soil, you will have to build a bigger footings that will support

the deck posts or beams.

The posts can be 4"x4" lumber which is normally solid enough to

support the deck. If your deck is above ground, you may be needed

to utilize 6"x6" structural posts. The deck beams will rest

horizontally on the posts and will support the deck joists. Deck

joists will be spaced horizontally every 12", 16" or 24" and will

support the decking boards. The decking boards are the floor of

your deck that span from joist to joist.

5. Design and Build It Yourself or Hire a Professional - unless

you live in a very rural area, there will probably be building

code requirements, permits and inspections needed when building a

wooden deck project. Contact your local building official to see

what is needed in your area. One major advantage to having

qualified professionals help is that they known the legal side of

how to build a deck and can help ensure building code

requirements are met.

One of the best means to known how to build a deck is to view

wood deck plans that have been built several times. Seeing at

attractive deck plans can give you deck building ideas that will

simplify your planning and design.

If you have make a choice upon a deck plan and considered these

few suggestions, then it is time to find for the perfect design.

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Comments 4 comments

Deck Builders Miami 5 years ago

I would attach the framing (2x6 boards or 2x8 boards) to the 4x4 posts with 1/2"x7" galvanized Thru-Bolts to make it very strong. But definitely I agree, 4x4 posts are good enough to support the deck.


Deck Builders Miami 5 years ago

I would attach the framing (2x6 boards or 2x8 boards) to the 4x4 posts with 1/2"x7" galvanized Thru-Bolts to make it very strong. But definitely I agree, 4x4 posts are good enough to support the deck.


Deck builder 5 years ago

I would attach the framing (2x6 boards or 2x8 boards) to the 4x4 posts with 1/2"x7" galvanized Thru-Bolts to make it very strong. But definitely I agree, 4x4 posts are good enough to support the deck.


John B. 5 years ago

Great post on decks!! Thanks for the great info!

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