The Complete Guide to Building a Deck: Newtown 2014
Build a custom-size, grade-level deck with benches, planters, and a decorative border.
Synopsis: This sixteen-page article is an in-depth look at how to build a grade-level deck of modest size with benches, planters, and rot-proof decking. Written by a seasoned professional builder, the article gives readers the best, code-compliant methods for layout, digging and pouring footings, attaching ledgers, framing, and installing decking. In addition, there’s detailed information on how to build deck stairs, great-looking built-in benches, and skirting that conceals the area below the deck.
For this year’s whole-deck project, Fine Homebuilding asked me to participate in a cooperative effort to add a new deck to the Project House. Maryland-based contractor Clemens Jellema contributed a design for a compact, grade-level deck. I revised his plans to include some of the details that I wanted for this project, such as an integral rim beam, post-to-frame attachment, and robust ledger flashing.
Built with pressure-treated framing and composite decking, this deck doesn’t have…