Choosing the Right Location
Before you start building your platform deck, you need to choose the right location for it. Consider the following factors when selecting a spot:
1. Sun Exposure
How much sun exposure do you want your deck to have? If you want a lot of sun, choose a spot that faces south or west. If you prefer a more shaded area, choose a spot that faces north or east.
Do you want your deck to be a private oasis or a social gathering spot? If you want privacy, choose a spot that’s away from your neighbors’ view. If you want to entertain, choose a spot that’s closer to your house and your guests.
Make sure your deck is easily accessible from your house. Consider the path you’ll take to get to the deck, and make sure it’s clear and safe.
Gathering Materials and Tools
Once you’ve chosen the location for your deck, it’s time to gather the materials and tools you’ll need to build it. Here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need:
– Decking boards – Pressure-treated lumber – Concrete blocks – Gravel – Deck screws – Joist hangers
– Circular saw – Power drill – Post hole digger – Level – Tape measure – Shovel
Preparing the Ground
Before you start building your deck, you need to prepare the ground. Here’s how:
1. Mark the Corners
Using stakes and string, mark the corners of your deck.
2. Dig Holes
Using a post hole digger, dig holes that are 2 feet deep and 1 foot wide at each corner.
3. Add Gravel
Add a layer of gravel to the bottom of each hole.
4. Insert Concrete Blocks
Place a concrete block in each hole on top of the gravel.
Building the Frame
Now it’s time to build the frame for your platform deck. Here’s how:
1. Cut the Lumber
Using a circular saw, cut the pressure-treated lumber to the desired length.
2. Attach the Joists
Attach the joist hangers to the frame and attach the joists to the hangers.
3. Install the Posts
Insert the posts into the holes and make sure they’re level.
4. Attach the Frame to the Posts
Attach the frame to the posts using deck screws.
Adding the Deck Boards
Now it’s time to add the decking boards to your platform deck. Here’s how:
1. Cut the Decking Boards
Using a circular saw, cut the decking boards to the desired length.
2. Install the Decking Boards
Starting at one end of the deck, install the decking boards using deck screws.
3. Cut the Overhang
Cut the decking boards that overhang the frame using a circular saw.
Q: How long does it take to build a platform deck?
A: It depends on the size of your deck and your level of experience. Typically, it takes a weekend to build a small deck and a few weekends to build a larger deck.
Q: Do I need a permit to build a platform deck?
A: It depends on your local building codes. Check with your city or county to see if you need a permit.
Q: How much does it cost to build a platform deck?
A: The cost of building a platform deck varies depending on the size of the deck and the materials you use. On average, it costs between $15 and $35 per square foot.
Now that you know how to build a platform deck, it’s time to get started. Remember to choose the right location, gather the materials and tools you’ll need, prepare the ground, build the frame, add the decking boards, and follow local building codes. Soon, you’ll have a beautiful new outdoor living space to enjoy with family and friends.