In this case, once you've determined rise and run and installed a landing pad, you're ready to start building the stairs. While Lowes and Home Depot are cool for all kinds of stuff, the lumber yard has better, straighter boards at better prices. Two days later the materials arrived home. I'm a woman, and I know a lot more about carpentry and masonry than my boyfriend does. I have noticed that since I got a coat of paint on it, it's kind of slippery when wet, so this will be an issue to be dealt with. The construction is not rocket science by any means but lumber is heavy, and it's not always easy physically. There are four posts on each 20' side. Rub the screws on it just a bit before drilling them in. I got some professional estimates to have this built before we decided to tackle it ourselves. When building an elevated deck, if you have small children, consider installing a child gate or railing or tiny people will fall. Munch on some catfish tonight and worry about applying some sealant tomorrow. Give it some thought. Rhonda Lytle (author) from Deep in the heart of Dixie on June 04, 2014: @takkhisa: Oh, thank you :). As you can see, ours has a solid plywood floor. It was one of my favorite jobs because I used a palm nailer. There’s nothing like using the proper tools to speed up a job! Call your local building code enforcement office to discuss footing depth, deck location limits, if you need a weed barrier under your deck, handrail … I was in on a project like this before so I can surely appreciate your hard work. It turned out really nice and the puppy seems to have no trouble with the stairs. A Backyard Transformation with an Amazing Floating Deck. Does that mean I won't use it? How to Build a Floating Deck. Pyramid Wood Post Cap - 100095712, LUS ZMAX Galvanized Face-Mount Joist Hanger for 2x8 Nominal Lumber - 313965404, 16 ft. Trex Enhance Beach Dune deck boards, 1 x 8 x 12 Trex Enhance Beach Dune Fascia. As someone who is highly accident-prone, I have enough sense to know that this tool could kill me. It's funky looking now but I can jump on it and it doesn't budge. I went to the store with my plan in hand and Cesar, one friendly and knowledgeable associate at my closest Home Depot store, gave me the list, and placed the order for all the materials I needed for this project. x 10 in. I am looking to build something similar around an oak tree for a wedding where the dancing will be held. From one side of the stairs to the other is a 10 1/2-inch slope. Elevated decks make for great views. Dogs will try to eat wet concrete. Wood Pressure-Treated Mitered 1-End B1E Baluster (16-Pack) - 204837006, 5/4 in. Decks tend to support heavy objects like furniture and little ones running around. If there is a mistake or missing piece, now is the time to correct it. At first, we wanted to cover the entire leveled area, wood and everything, but after taking measurements and trying to keep the cost down, we decided to go with a 16 x 16 ft. floating … You have to measure from the ground up for each post in regards to how high to attach the 2' x 6' boards. Use a dotted line to represent the outer perimeter of your deck in your sketch. I went for a composite decking material: Trex. We will fix it later. above the ground where you step up on it. So, he built the frames onto the posts before sinking them in the ground with concrete. If the yard slopes slightly away from … Mr. Lytle's favorite drill, the power tool that was the most used on this deck. Building a deck on a slope can be tricky, but you can easily do it when you know what steps to follow. I saw him do it, though. Frame the steps for the floating deck next. Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on July 04, 2014: Wow, what a great job. In our example, we are building a very simple 10 ft. x 10-ft. deck. I don't know why but they always want to chew on them. Obviously these instructions can be adjusted if you want to build a deck that’s a different size! Check with your local building department to determine your local code requirements when building a ground-level deck. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters. This is the very first post of this series, but you will be able to catch the whole thing, start to finish, right here. did I miss somewhere in the article, but what size did this How to Build an Elevated Deck on Uneven Ground end up being? Be sure to wear a face mask and safety glasses for this. Later, I will cover this not so attractive plywood, but that's the subject of another article and a separate budget. That will be my greatest challenge I believe. Lay the plywood and screw it down using 1 1/4" screws. Step 2: Draw Deck Joists Mr. Vix swears it makes them go in easier. She was not belittling the female gender. I'm blessed to have a great husband who teaches power tools whenever I ask. x 8 ft. Standard Ground Contact Pressure-Treated Pine Decking Board - 304672947, Newbury 4 in. If the deck is only 1 or 2 feet above fairly level ground, you can build simple stairs using precut stringers available at home centers. Lay down two of the 2 x 4's on their two-inch side. Tip: If finding a slightly warped joist or strut board in the frame, use bar clamps to train it into place. It’s so embarrassing to show the entire world the ugly condition in which we had kept our backyard for the past few years. Looks great but I would be very careful about the amount of weight on the deck. Be sure to let the dog supervise. x 4 in. Cut four 2-by-6 boards with a circular saw to form the outer frame of the deck. Get over it! Rhonda Lytle (author) from Deep in the heart of Dixie on July 05, 2014: @DANCING COWGIRL: Right now it's too hot to get much use during the day but evenings and nights see us parked there everyday :). Remember, the plywood that will cover this will raise the height another 3/4 of an … That’s why we leveled off a square section for our kids’ playground. It works when an edge is just a hair off lining up flush. Needs another coat and sealant and should be done. My hubby wanted to be sure about the spacing being perfect so he wouldn't have to do any extra cuts. A better method is to cut a notch in the posts so the "perimeter frame" is sitting directly on top of a portion of the post, and then attach the carriage bolts through the remaining portion. As yet, it has not been a problem but we have only had one really heavy rain. Here is a great tutorial on how to build a DIY floating deck, from ‘Home Depot‘. To the front and back of the first three 4' x 4' posts, is attached an 8' long 2' x 6' pressure treated board. I don't see the sense in belittling a gender just because you feel the need to make an excuse for not bothering to learn technical terms for the project you're doing. July 2020 In which I, an unwashed novice in the ancient arts of Deck Building, built a level freestanding/floating one. Heavy-duty bolts were used to make these connections. It will take two sheets per row. We did this in multiples of four because lumber comes in eight-foot lengths and plywood comes in 4' x 8' sheets. If the plywood won't cooperate—jump on it. @ashleydpenn: PS. We saved a boatload of money. Attach the floor joists. In a day or so, it will have done its job, and the slight bend in the two by six framing board will be gone. The exterior frame was done with 2 x 8 x 16 pressure treated lumber, attached to the 4 x 4’s in each concrete deck block. A "floating deck" is not attached to the house and you can move it anywhere on your yard. Hi! Blessings and most happy diy adventures. The puppy is trying to go w/out the stairs these days and just jump straight up or down. It worked fine. Rake the ground so it is flat and level, and tamp it well with your feet or with a hand tamp tool. @Scott A McCray: Thank you :) Finally got started painting. The hardest parts are finished. You want to lay them parallel … They are safer because you don't get tangled up in or trip over the cords. The posts are taller than needed at this point. frame could handle! God bless and Happy Fourth of July weekend. The last row will require the plywood being cut to fit. I won't tell you it was easy. It's just standing there, not set in concrete or anything. Construction was put on hold until this issue, and some unwelcome snow was out of the way. Attach the 8' long outer perimeter on each of the two remaining short sides. The same spacing is repeated for the other long side. Part 2: Frame & WaterproofingPart 3: DeckingPart 4: LandscapingPart 5: Light Pole Planters Hey there! At this point, one could stain, paint, tile, or any number of options. Most people would set the post and then build onto them. x 4 in. He will love it. x 8 ft. #2 Ground Contact Pressure-Treated Southern Yellow Pine Timber - 205220341, 2 in. Rhonda Lytle (author) from Deep in the heart of Dixie on June 20, 2014: @angelatvs: Thank you :). A Sawzall or more appropriately, a reciprocating saw would be best for this step. With traditional boards, the mosquitoes would just come up from the bottom. Further, around here cords are like gold for puppies. Elwood is ready to go fishing having finished the deck. © 2000-2021 Homer TLC, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The last board was cut to 4' before being attached the same way. By the time you get the frame done, joists hung and struts in place, it should look something like this. We even had ideas for taking a break :), 8 Galvanized 3/8 inch in diameter 6 inch long bolts, 24 Galvanized 3/8 inch in diameter 8 inch long bolts, 1 Box of lock washers to fit 3/8 inch bolts, Sawzall (or cheat and use a chainsaw like we did.). Deckmate screws from the outside of the exterior frame and into each end of the joists. The posts near the stairs are on higher ground that the ones on the other side by almost a foot. Neither of us are carpenters, but we have built things around the house in the past, including porches and a gazebo. Be sure to use a level before attaching the boards, so everything stays good and straight. A floating deck that is built … Seriously, you must be sure to take care of yourself, especially if you are not used to hard manual labor in the heat. The next step was to measure and install the joists. At the steps, there is a corner post. Install a Ledger Board. Learn how to maintain your deck with our YouTube video. x 11-1/2 in. If your deck calls for concrete piers or footings set in the ground, call 811 before you dig. Remember, the plywood that will cover this will raise the height another 3/4 of an inch. Grab the dog and go fishing. Then, following the plan, we set the concrete deck blocks in their designated spaces, 12 of them. Such tools can be dangerous. Clips used for extra support on joists. My easy and budget friendly DIY floating deck that cost less than $500 and was put together during naptime. The Home Depot was definitely our best friend for this project. The clips add a lot to structural integrity. my frugal lifestyle got me a 12'x22' deck In 48h. I've got the paint and everything to finish it out now but the weather isn't cooperating, yet. I despair when I see people installing exterior decking with nailguns! Two weeks later, I got news from the home owners association denying me the building of a structure that could pass the top line of the fence, which meant no wall. Hope you enjoy it! We also added Trex fascia boards around the perimeter of the deck, and installed a flower box on the side of the deck to cover up the gap the elevation created. They ranged from just over $3000–$5000. When you mention that you set the carcass good and level, did you not allow for a slight fall to drain water? It is neither perfectly level nor free from deformities. Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on May 22, 2014: Great DIY lens, poetvix! layer of gravel to be sure nothing would grow there. The deck surface should be no more than 8 in. Follow along to see how you can build your own and save your cash. Find the materials you need to build your backyard deck in The Home Depot’s Decking Materials section. Then, I reinforced the connections with screws. Time required: 2 days with help, a few if doing alone. When building on a sloped site, take extra care to ensure each step is complete after moving on to the next. x 6 in. Be sure to stay hydrated and take breaks. x 8 in. Without a doubt it was time and money well spent, because this space has become the favorite spot in the house to hang out now that the weather is so nice. The entire area was then covered with landscape fabric, because the last thing I wanted to deal with were those pesky weeds. It's a "floating deck," which means it simply rests on blocks at ground level, and is not anchored deeply in the ground. Prepare the Deck Area . It's a work in progress at the now. I'm building a floating deck in my back yard! This looks like it was professionally made. Don't get me wrong, my glue gun is my best buddy, but drills and saws, not so much. To start, just select some of the options below. This could be done in decking boards for a more traditional look. The final details were to add post caps and completing the railing around each post. Floating Deck Materials. That seems to be your concern, right? IMPORTANT: The ground here is far from level. While I have overcome my fear of the drill, the saw is another matter altogether. Right after setting the poles is a great time to supervise the kids to put their palm prints and names in it. Be sure to check with a level and square before drilling. Concrete Block - 100350712, Enhance 1 in. Clear the ground where the deck will be installed, removing grass and all other organic material, as needed. However you could build a "free standing deck" next to your house but it will be a permanent structure supported by many 4x4 studs. We drove two- 2 ½ in. The materials and measurements listed are for the size we built. x 16 ft. Trex Beach Dune Grooved Edge Capped Composite Decking Board - 310483782, 4 in. But, we are tired now, so that's a project for in the morning. Tip: Always use screws instead of nails for porches, decks and the like. So many really good nuggets of information, like always using screws instead of nails. Create Concrete Forms to Level the Deck. It's all good. At first, we wanted to cover the entire leveled area, wood and everything, but after taking measurements and trying to keep the cost down, we decided to go with a 16 x 16 ft. floating deck. God bless. After determining where you want your structure, you will need to dig the holes to set the posts. Big, chunky bolts don't break like little skinny ones. Tell us a little bit about you and we'll find articles to fit your tastes. If the deck is higher or the ground slopes, careful planning is required to make sure that all the steps (including the bottom one) are the same height. This step does require some cutting of the 2' x 6' boards. If you start at the top and work down, it's somewhat awkward using the drill due to spacial limitations from the stair above. Thanks in advance. Aligning the stubborn boards. This is very timely. I'll be so glad when this on and off rain stops and I can paint. Each is attached to the risers with 2 1/2" screws. 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