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Updated on May 17, 2019

Rhonda loves DIY projects and sharing her experiences to help others save money, too.

The finished deck before painting and sealing.

How to Save Money by Building Your Own Deck

This article will explain how to build an elevated deck with common tools, on a budget, in female speak. My husband and I built this ourselves—mostly for 1 last update 2020/07/09 it was him, but I helped.This article will explain how to build an elevated deck with common tools, on a budget, in female speak. My husband and I built this ourselves—mostly it was him, but I helped.

Technically, we are still working on it, but the remaining work is all cosmetic. The functional parts are done.

We saved a boatload of money. Neither of us are carpenters, but we have built things around the house in the past, including porches and a gazebo.

I got some professional estimates to have this built before we decided to tackle it ourselves. They ranged from just over $3000–$5000. I think not! In a big time kind of way. Who needs to shell out that kind of cash?

I'' x 20''s a fraction of what the professionals wanted.

As you can see, ours has a solid plywood floor. This could be done in decking boards for a more traditional look. We are going to screen this in after building another larger one in the back. With traditional boards, the mosquitoes would just come up from the bottom.

Later, I will cover this not so attractive plywood, but that''t tell you it was easy. In fact, it''s not always easy physically.

We learned a few things here that I will share including pitfalls and some time and labor saving tips.

Let''div-gpt-ad-ArticleDesktopInContent0''{"":"","":""}''[640,480]''div-gpt-ad-ArticleMobileDistributionVideo''{"":"","":""}''div-gpt-ad-ArticleDesktopDistributionVideo''{"":"","":""}''div-gpt-ad-ArticleMobileInContent1''{"":"","":""}'' x 8'' x 20'' side. At the steps, there is a corner post. From there, there are two posts spaced 8'' away. This is because that''t skip the rocks or it''s really bad for them.

  • Right after setting the poles is a great time to supervise the kids to put their palm prints and names in it. Years from now, you will all get a huge kick out of knowing it''t Do More Work Than You Have To
    Measuring out the post hole with the post hole digger.
  • Step 2: Post Holes Were 2''t digging more than you have to.

    DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for Tip: Once dug, line the hole with a few inches of rocks to ensure the posts will not sink over time.

    The frame with joists and struts.

    Step 3: Assemble the Front and Back Frames

    Most people would set the post and then build onto them. My hubby wanted to be sure about the spacing being perfect so he wouldn'' x 4'' long 2'' pressure treated board. The attachments are done with heavy-duty bolts, washers, and nuts. The last board was cut to 4''t break like little skinny ones.

    Bolts connect front and back frame and posts.

    Step 4: Do Connections With Heavy-Duty Hardware to Ensure It Lasts

    As you can see in the picture, the posts are secured to the frame by two heavy duty-bolts through for 1 last update 2020/07/09 each.As you can see in the picture, the posts are secured to the frame by two heavy duty-bolts through each.

    IMPORTANT: The ground here is far from level. In fact, the entire thing slopes down. You have to measure from the ground up for each post in regards to how high to attach the 2'' boards.

    The posts near the stairs are on higher ground that the ones on the other side by almost a foot. From one side of the stairs to the other is a 10 1/2-inch slope. Measure, measure, and measure again to ensure your deck is good and level.

    Remember, the plywood that will cover this the 1 last update 2020/07/09 will raise the height another 3/4 of an inch. Be sure to take that into account when doing your measurements. The posts are taller than needed at this point. Don''div-gpt-ad-ArticleDesktopInContent1''{"":"","":""}''div-gpt-ad-ArticleMobileInContent4''{"":"","":""}'' long outer perimeter on each of the two remaining short sides. Be sure to check with a level and square before drilling.Remember, the plywood that will cover this will raise the height another 3/4 of an inch. Be sure to take that into account when doing your measurements. The posts are taller than needed at this point. Don''div-gpt-ad-ArticleDesktopInContent1''{"":"","":""}''div-gpt-ad-ArticleMobileInContent4''{"":"","":""}'' long outer perimeter on each of the two remaining short sides. Be sure to check with a level and square before drilling.

    Heavy-duty bolts were used to make these connections. Don''t have to make repairs later.

    Clips used for extra support on joists. The clips add a lot to structural integrity.

    Step 7: Attach the Floor Joists

    DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for Attach the floor joists. The attachments here for 1 last update 09 Jul 2020 were done using joist hangers, also known as hurricane clips.Attach the floor joists. The attachments here were done using joist hangers, also known as hurricane clips.

    Joists were spaced two feet apart. One and five-eighths inch screws were used to make the connections.

    Tip: Always use screws for 1 last update 09 Jul 2020 instead of nails for porches, decks and the like. They are not near as likely to back out over time.Tip: Always use screws instead of nails for porches, decks and the like. They are not near as likely to back out over time.

    Struts attached with screws.

    Step 8: Add the Struts

    Put in the struts between the joists. We did one per row alternating the placement to provide added support.

    This step does require some cutting of the 2'' boards.

    Mr. Lytle used the circular saw to make the cuts.

    DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for All struts were attached with screws using a power drill.

    The finished framework.

    It Should Be Looking like a Frame Right About Now

    By the time you get the frame done, joists hung and struts in place, it should look something like this.

    Female speak translation: The joists are the long boards inside the frame. Struts are the short boards between the joists.

    Tip: See the soap? Rub the screws on it just a bit before drilling them in. Mr. Vix swears it makes them go in easier.

    Overhead view of the deck framing. It''t budge.

    Step 9: Check to Be Sure the Frame Is Right Before Moving On

    Life gets so much easier from here on out. The hardest parts are finished.

    If there is a mistake or missing piece, now is the time to correct it. Once the decking goes down, you have to crawl underneath for such repairs.

    This is not something typically desired unless you are my puppy who wants to dig holes under the deck.

    DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for Cutting the posts after framing.

    Step 10: Bring on the Saw!

    DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for It''t cooperate—jump on it.""Aligning the stubborn boards. If the plywood won''t cooperate—jump on it.""Aligning the stubborn boards. If the plywood won'' x 8''s somewhat awkward using the drill due to spacial limitations from the stair above.

    You''s a project for in the morning.

    Mr. Lytle''t get tangled up in or trip over the cords.

    Further, around here cords are like gold for puppies. I don''s the 1 last update 2020/07/09 really not safe to continue using for 1 last update 2020/07/09 the tool.Further, around here cords are like gold for puppies. I don''s really not safe to continue using the tool.

    Mr. Lytle''t get tangled up in or trip over the cords.

    Further, around here cords are like gold for puppies. I don''s really not safe to continue using for 1 last update 2020/07/09 the tool.Further, around here cords are like gold for puppies. I don''s really not safe to continue using the tool.

    Exterior screws for outside projects.

    Screws Come in Different Grades and Sizes

    Tip: Be sure to use exterior grade screws for outdoor projects.

    Tip: If finding a slightly warped joist or strut board in the frame, use bar clamps to train it into place.

    Finished DIY deck before painting.

    Tip: If dealing with a slight up or down warp in a framing or joist board that, use a four by four scrap to push it up gently until it re-warps the way you want it. Just be sure to point that side down when framing.

    See the crooked looking post? That''s just standing there, not set in concrete or anything. 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.

    For new lumber, you would think such would not be a problem, sadly that''re done for the day. There''s all good. Munch on some catfish tonight and worry about applying some sealant tomorrow.

    Shopping List

    Makita LCT200W 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit, 2-Piece (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

    My husband says this the best powerdrill. He had me use it and another one just to see.

    Honesly, they both made holes. One hole was just as good as the other.

    However, the Makita drill took a lot less effort on my part to make that hole. It was quieter, not as heavy and I didn''t get me wrong, my glue gun is my best buddy, but drills and saws, not so much.

    While my husband grabs them up and goes like no one''t use it? Not a chance. It means I want to know everything I can about how to best use it. I''t make a video.

    This guy is really good too. Check out the brief tips provided for safely using a power saw before you grab one up.

    Building Your Own Often Results in a Better Product at a Better Price

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  • Lex 

    3 for 1 last update 2020/07/09 years ago 3 years ago

    Hello, I was wondering if you knew how much weight your platform could hold? I am looking to build something similar around an oak tree for a wedding where the dancing will be held. Thanks in advance.

  • DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for Alex 

    3 years ago the 1 last update 2020/07/09

    Looks great but I for 1 last update 2020/07/09 would be very careful about the amount of weight on the deck. Instead of the weight of the deck sitting on the posts, it is being transferred to the posts via the carriage bolts bolted through the posts. So the amount of weight your deck can handle is now based on the shear strength of the bolts themselves. 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.Looks great but I would be very careful about the amount of weight on the deck. Instead of the weight of the deck sitting on the posts, it is being transferred to the posts via the carriage bolts bolted through the posts. So the amount of weight your deck can handle is now based on the shear strength of the bolts themselves. 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.

  • DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for Matthew 

    5 years ago

    Hi! Great tutorial, very well documented and informative! My wife recently asked me to build her one, however we have to stay on the concrete pad; our landlord will not allow us to dig in the yard. That will be my greatest challenge I believe.

    As for the gritty stuff used for slipping, I will be using "non slip tape" on the ramp (instead of stairs for wheelchair) which you can find at

    http://www.kofflersales.com/p/anti-slip-abrasive-t...

    Happy DYIng

  • AUTHOR

    Rhonda Lytle 

    DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for 5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

    @ashleydpenn: Thank you ;)!!!

  • AUTHOR

    Rhonda Lytle 

    5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

    @ashleydpenn: Thank you. As for the draining, sadly no. As yet, it has not been a problem but we have only had one really heavy rain. I''s kind of slippery when wet, so this will be an issue to be dealt with. I''t know exactly what they are called. God bless and thank you for the cool comment and tip! :)

  • Scott A McCray 

    5 years ago

    Outstanding DIY lens - can''s too hot to get much use during the day but evenings and nights see us parked there everyday :). Thanks bunches for the drop by and kind words. God bless and Happy Fourth of July weekend.

  • Dancing Cowgirl Design 

    DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for 5 years ago from Texas

    Wow, what a great job. I was in on a project like this before so I can surely appreciate your hard work. Hope you enjoy it!

  • DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for AUTHOR

    Rhonda Lytle 

    5 years ago from Deep in the heart of the 1 last update 2020/07/09 Dixiefrom Deep in the heart of Dixie

    @flycatcherrr: Thank you very much. It''s highly functional and fun to sit on while watching the puppies go bonkers :).

  • flycatcherrr 

    5 years ago

    Impressive job!

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    Rhonda Lytle 

    5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

    DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for @favored: Thank you. It''s not going so well, yet :) Blessings.

  • Fay Favored 

    5 years ago from USA

    DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for It turned out really nice and the puppy seems to have no trouble with the stairs.

  • Anna 

    5 years ago from chichester

    DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for This looks like it was professionally made. Very clever and a brilliant, informative the 1 last update 2020/07/09 lens!This looks like it was professionally made. Very clever and a brilliant, informative lens!

  • AUTHOR

    Rhonda Lytle 

    5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

    @angelatvs: Thank you :). Blessings and most happy diy adventures.

  • angelatvs 

    5 years ago

    Well done!

  • AUTHOR

    Rhonda Lytle 

    5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

    @takkhisa: Oh, thank you :). That''m hoping to get it painted very soon. It seems every time I grab the paint brush it pours. God bless!

  • Takkhis 

    5 years ago

    This is one of the best DIY lenses I have read lately! I am not sure If I would try this but thanks for the great tutorial.

  • AUTHOR

    Rhonda Lytle 

    5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

    @Adventuretravels: I wish you tons of success and good weather. Every time I break out paintbrush so far, it starts pouring down rain. God bless and happy building!

  • Giovanna 

    5 years ago from the 1 last update 2020/07/09 UK5 years ago from UK

    Wow this is such an awesome lens. Thanks -I''ve got the paint and everything to finish it out now but the weather isn''ll be so glad when this on and off rain stops and I can paint.

  • DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for Heidi Vincent 

    5 years ago from GRENADA5 years ago from GRENADA

    Great DIY lens, poetvix! We even had ideas for taking a break :)

  • georgepmoola2 

    5 for 1 last update 2020/07/09 years ago5 years ago DIY Network Vanilla Ice Projecthow to DIY Network Vanilla Ice Project for the 1 last update 09 Jul 2020

    Good lens, great job!!

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