Building a Deck
Building a deck may not seem too difficult, but you should understand the basics of deck construction and be familiar with a few building codes before you start designing and building your own deck.
This 10 x 10 deck tutorial is a seven step process that walks you through the design, framing, footing, decking, railing, stair, and stair railing phases of deck building. It will provide you with the information you need to design and build a safe and long-lasting deck. Click on Deck Design (below) to get started.
Building a Deck - Seven Phases
Building a deck can be very simple to relatively complex, depending on the size, shape and number of levels involved. A simple rectangular deck, where the surface is below 16 inches above the ground, would be an example of a simple inexpensive deck that you could probably build in a day or two. If you add height to it, where railing and stairs are required, you will need to research deck railing designs and stair building..
Deck building should start with the construction of the deck frame, not the foundation. First, you assemble the frame supported by temporary uprights. This is done so that you can shift the frame, once you have assembled it, to make sure that it is square and level. This is a very important step before you start decking, cutting, attaching the posts, and pouring concrete. By the time you read through each of the tutorials, you will have a good idea of how to build a deck.
Get started now! Go to build your own deck for details on how to build a 10 x 10 deck.
For deck design and structural information, check out the Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide, by the American Wood Council.