The new year is here and with it come resolutions to improve yourself and your home. One of the most popular DIY project for your home comes in the form of building a deck while dreaming of summer barbecues and open air lunches.
There are many types of decking, the most basic being flat or ground level, followed by a raised decking and those attached to a standing structure such as a building or wall. Keep reading for some tips and advice on how to build a deck.
Many properties already have an original decking structure that only needs to be replaced with healthier wood. If that is the case, follow the initial structure as the guideline and replace the wood. If this is your first time building a deck by yourself you will probably want to work on the most simple design to ensure success and practice.
So here are some guidelines on how to build your own ground level deck…
Basic materials needed:
- Scandinavian softwood
- Measuring tape
- Screws (approximately 8 or 10mm x length depending on what you are screwing together)
- Panel saw
- Safety gear and goggles
- Weed control fabric
- Strong Friends (Optional)
Basic Ground level decking
First of all you will have to prepare the site for decking, meaning that you will have to measure and highlight the space you want to be decked. The area will have to be as clean as possible to make sure the deck is perfectly horizontal and doesn’t have any bumps and irregularities. To do so, make sure the site you want to build on is free from any plants, rocks or roots.
Measure and eventually cut (or have it professionally cut) the timber to the preferred size/ shape for your deck. For this step it is important to use safety goggles and a safety gear as splinters and wooden pieces often cause injuries.
Once the area is measured and cleaned you can go ahead and cover it with weed control fabric and gravel. This step will ensure durability of your deck and stability of the pavement.
It is now the time to build the outer frame for your deck to ensure stability and durability. To do so, four thinner joists will have to constitute the frame and will have to be drilled together perpendicularly to the ground.
Secure the inner joists in a similar manner to the outer frame to make the deck as stable as possible.
It is now time to place and secure the timber boards to the frame you created. To do so, start from the corner of your frame and place the boards on the opposite direction from the inner joints to increase stability. To secure, use two screws for every time the board meets the inner joist.
Enjoy your timber deck by organising lunches, barbecues and parties just in time for Spring!