Perhaps you have thought about building a deck but aren't quite sure where to start. This video offers a step-by-step overview of how to start from scratch and quickly become a DIY designer and deck builder. The video opens with an introduction to the Deck Designer software from Lowes.
This easy-to-use software is essential to success because it allows the user to customize the size and specifications of the deck. In addition, this software will generate custom plans and a materials list to bring along to the store. These plans also can be used for securing a permit.
Moving from the design phase to the building phase it's important to take the time to measure and stake out the deck. Whether by hand or with a machine, next it's time to dig post holes for the cement forms that will hold the foundation of the deck. Another key detail that is easily overlooked is laying a weed barrier and gravel to keep underneath the deck blissfully weed-free. After the footings are secure, it's time to begin laying the beams and joists that will keep the deck level and sturdy. Beams are spaced every 16" and are secured to the posts. Once the base is complete it's time to add the decking, railings, and any stairs called for in your design.
If you are interested in becoming a DIY deck builder this video provides a comprehensive overview of the process from design through the last nail.