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How to Build a Deck

April 13, 2016
How to Build a Deck

With the grilling season just around the corner, many homeowners start fantasizing about what it would be like to have their own deck in their back yard.  Perhaps they would like to host more outdoor gatherings, or maybe they just want a place they can enjoy an occasional outdoor meal.  If you are one of those homeowners eyeing your neighbor’s deck with envy, there are three options available to you.

The first option is to become very friendly with your neighbors in the hopes that they will invite you over whenever they use their deck for outdoor gatherings.  If you get to know them well, they may even let you use their deck whenever you want.  But, let’s be honest—that’s just going to make you want your own deck even more, so realistically there are only two options available to you.  We’ll call these options the “easy way” and the “hard way”.

How to build a deck the easy way

To build a deck the easy way, simply call Odds & Ends Home Improvement, the #1-rated deck contractor in Farmville, and let us do it all for you.  We’ll consult with you to help plan and design the deck, and handle all aspects of construction.  It’s very affordable and will save you quite a bit of time and stress, and you’ll be much more likely to end up with a deck that you are really excited about.

How to build a deck the hard way

For those of you who love to “do it yourself”, building a deck the hard way is the second option.

The first thing you’ll have to do is design the deck.  You’ll need to figure out what kind of materials you’ll need and in what quantities, and sketch out your design on graph paper.  Typically, key design components of a well-constructed deck include the ribbon joist, picket, cap rail, ledger board, post anchor, and poured footings (hint—if you don’t know what any of those terms mean, you’re probably better off not building your own deck).

Once you’ve designed the deck, take the design to your local building inspector to get the plans approved and obtain the necessary permits.  Also, check with your local utility companies before digging the holes for the deck footings.

Take your materials list to your local home improvement store to purchase all the necessary supplies.  Also, rent or buy any specialty tools you need to complete the project (power saws, posthole diggers, etc.).

Once you’ve gathered all the necessary supplies, tools, and permits, simply use the tools to put all the supplies together in the shape of a deck, and then you’ll be all set!

Just kidding!  Obviously there is more to it than that, but we’re in the business of building decks, not teaching other people how to build them.  For detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to build a deck, read this article.  Our guess is that by the time you get halfway through the article, you’ll be picking up the phone to call us to get a quote for our deck construction services.  Let’s face it—if you have to read an article in order to learn how to build a deck, you’re probably better off letting the professionals handle it.