How to Build a Deck
How to build a deck? By now, you have probably decided that you want a
deck, and you probably have a good idea of where you would like to build it.
This site is a great resource for general deck design, construction tips,
deck stairs, deck railing designs and more.
10 x 10 deck example 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 valuable
information you need before and while you build your own deck (explore
the seven phases at the bottom of this page).
I recently completed the construction of my own
cedar deck -
check out the
article that describes the building process, from design to
How to Build a Deck - Seven Phases
- The first, and probably the most important, phase of deck
building. It covers some important things to consider before you begin
designing the size, location and style of your deck...
- It is very important to frame your deck so that it is perfectly level
and square. It is equally important to design the structure so that it
will carry the weight of the people, plants, furniture, etc...
- The sizes of deck footings can vary considerably due to the building
codes in your area.
When laying decking, it is a good idea to start at the outer edge of the
deck and work towards the house. It is also a good idea to let your
decking run long and cut it off later...
- If the top level of a deck is more than 10 inches above the
ground, you will probably be building stairs for your deck. This page
provides everything that you need to build deck stairs.
Deck railing (like deck footings) are also governed by local building
codes. The height of the rail and spacing of the pickets can vary
between geographic areas. This section provides information on how to
build and install typical deck railing.
- If you have more than two steps on your deck stairs, you
would probably benefit from stair railing. Not only is it practical and
safe, stair railing can make an attractive entrance to your deck.
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 building (the myCarpentry way) starts with 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
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.
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