Archive | January, 2013

Simple deck plans

31 Jan

Building a simple deck is not difficult, if the right plans and techniques are used. As you probably know, there are many shapes and plans you could choose from. There are floating decks, elevated decks or ground level decks. In addition, they come in many shapes: octagonal, square, rectangular or any other shape. Taking into account these options, you really need to study what design and shape would match the style of your property.

Moreover, we strongly recommend you to involve your family in the process. As you might imagine, the new living space will chance you day to day life, as well as the deign of your garden, so the project has to fit the needs of your family. After writing down the main inputs form the loved ones, we recommend you to choose those that make sense and that the essential for the project. Before building the outdoor deck, you need to read these information.


Simple deck plans

Simple deck plans

Simple deck plans

Building a simple deck is a straight-forward project and any person with average woodworking skills can get the job done. In addition, you need to use professional tools and quality materials, otherwise you might not be satisfied with the end result. As you can see in the plans, there are many plans you can choose from, so you should check the alternatives, before taking a final decision.

Plan everything with great attention and make sure you estimate the total costs of the woodworking project. It is nothing that can be more wrong than realizing during the project that you don’t have money to get the job done. That is why, we always recommend you to pay attention to the preliminary stages. In this manner, you ca keep the expenditures under control and avoid many potential issues. You could also build a deck bench, if you want to add style to your project.


Building a basic deck

After choosing the right plans and size for your needs, you should lay it out in a professional manner. If you want to get the job done without facing difficult challenges, you should batter boards and string. Check if the corners are right-angled and make sure the diagonals are equal.

Set the posts into concrete, as to lock them into place tightly. Install the ledger and the stretcher into place, using lag bolts. Use a spirit level to check if the components are perfectly horizontal. Fit the joists every 16″ on center and fit the 2×4 decking boards. Place a nail between the slats, in order to obtain consistent gaps and to drain the water properly. In addition, we recommend you to drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, in order to prevent the wood from splitting.



Outdoor Deck Plans