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Beginning Your Deck-Building Project

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The most difficult part of building a deck may be planning and designing. You have come to the conclusion that it's a deck and not a patio that you want to build, and you may know you want to use real wood or synthetic decking. But deciding where the deck should go, how large it should be, whether it should connect to the house or be free-standing are all considerations before jumping into the project. The free deck plans we've assembled will hopefully serve as a springboard, helping you to define what you want and where to go from there. Good luck, and let us know how your deck project is coming along.

California Redwood Freestanding Deck

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&copy California Redwood Association

Excellent, clear instructions and detailed drawings are included in this download for a freestanding deck from the California Redwood Association. The deck is a standard 8' x 10' and recommended knotty redwood garden grades to use in this project are Construction Common or Deck Common.

The plans also allow you to attach the deck to a house and include a railing.

Deck Over Concrete

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&copy California Redwood Association
A plain concrete slab in your backyard can be an eyesore, especially if it's cracked, is in a weird location or doesn't tie-in with the rest of the yard. One of the easiest and results-oriented ways to deal with that unsightly slab is to build a deck on top. The concrete is a good raised foundation upon which to build a beautiful redwood deck.

In a nutshell, the deck-over-concrete project includes two basic steps:

  • Attach Construction Heart or Deck Heart redwood 2 x 4 sleepers to the concrete slab.
  • Nail 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 Construction Heart or Deck Heart decking to the sleepers.

TimberTech Deck Plans

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TimberTech makes composite and PVC decking, and offers consumers a full-experience website that allows them to peruse a gallery of deck designs, decking products and a color visualizer. The online Deck Designer tool allows you to play around with the size, shape and color of your deck, along with adding details like stairs, levels and railings.

To make it work, you'll need the approximate shape and dimensions of your desired deck before creating in the Deck Designer tool. Completed designs include a materials and cut list. Using precise dimensions will improve the accuracy of these lists.

Punch! Software: Landscape, Deck & Patio Designer NexGen v2

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&copy Punch Software

In 1998, Punch! Software launched Home Design Complete. Since then, they have added kitchen and bath design, 2D/3D CAD design software, interior and landscape design software. Landscape, Deck & Patio Designer NexGen v2. This particular product allows the user to create landscape designs with a database of more than 5,000 plants, along with patios and decks. Designs are easy to create with the drag-and-drop technique.

The result: a professional-looking deck design that incorporates your existing house with a new dream-deck addition. Visualizing makes you want it more!

Popular Mechanics: Above-Ground Pool Deck Plans

Popular Mechanics has been around since you were a distant twinkle in your great-grandfather's eye. The magazine/institution has probably tackled every DIY project imaginable, so inclusion on this list is no surprise.

PM's deck is built around a 21-foot-diameter above-ground pool. The plan is for a generous-sized 10 x 18-foot wraparound sun deck made out of pressure-treated wood. A 3-1/2-foot-wide circular pool deck offers swimmers quick access to the pool, while the wood deck is big enough to accommodate outdoor patio furniture, including a dining set and chaise lounges.

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