• Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Radiant Heat Comparison
    Radiant Heat Comparison
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Install a Vinyl Privacy Fence
    Install a Vinyl Privacy Fence
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • 9 Concrete Countertop Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertop Ideas
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Ultimate Deck Build 2015
    Ultimate Deck Build 2015
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
Pin It

A Complete Guide to Building Your Own Deck

Step by step guide with everything you'll need to take your deck from footings and framing to finish.

Decks add a significant amount of living space to a home. New choices in decking materials make this living space customizable to a greater degree than ever before. While deck building remains one of the easier and more rewarding outdoor projects, it’s crucial to adhere to codes and manufacturers’ recommendations to ensure a safe and long-lasting deck.

The deck described here is medium-sized, with two sets of stairs to easily access both sides of the yard. It is framed with pressure-treated lumber, and the decking, railing, and trim are synthetic products. A double border accents the deck’s perimeter. A ledger attaches the deck to the house on two sides; its weight is supported from below by two beams resting on posts centered on concrete piers.

A Complete Guide to Building Your Own Deck
Plus get a free gift
Become a Fine Homebuilding Member. Start your free trial now
Next Article
Next Article: Online Membership Required