It can be an intensely satisfying experience to build a deck for your home. Not only do you get to create something that you, your friends, and your family will enjoy for years to come, but you’ll also be able to say you did so with your own hands, cutting down on costs while instilling a (well-deserved) sense of accomplishment. Building a deck does take a degree of time and effort, but with the right plans and materials, you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labor in no time.
For those wondering how to build a deck, the first step is to plan what your deck will look like. The plans you design will depend in large part on your budget and the amount of space you have available to actually build a deck. Other things you will need to consider include how much land you’ll need to level (if applicable), what sort of steps (and how many) you’ll want, the type of railing to use and how you want it oriented in relation to your home. In addition, you will want to consider enhanced elements like pergolas, gazebos and planter boxes.
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Materials to Build a Deck
The second step to building your own deck is to determine what materials you will need to complete the project. You’ll want to build a deck with something that will stand up to the elements, whatever they may be, on a daily basis. For that, we recommend Mendocino redwood decking, one of the finest decking materials available, prized for its beauty, durability, and ease of use. Using Mendocino redwood decking will make it a breeze to build a deck, and you can even utilize the Deck Design Tool to determine the dimensions for the lumber you need. You can purchase our lumber online at HomeDepot.com, or at a store location near you.
From there, it’s simply a matter of making sure you stick to those plans you so carefully laid out and executing them with the quality materials you bought. Putting time and effort into the pre-building process will yield dividends later on, when you’re actually constructing your deck. And the easier the construction goes, the sooner you’ll be able to kick back in a lawn chair and enjoy the outdoors—without even leaving your home! For additional redwood deck building tips and advice, consult our Redwood Deck Construction brochure.