Wood Deck Design

The Secrets to Successful Deck Construction...

Discover why preparing proper foundations for your Wood Deck Design is the only way to build a ground level deck and how it will benefit you if you ever decide to roof it or extend it over the years to incorporate a hot tub or perhaps even building upwards developing it into a multi-level deck design.

When you realise that by cementing in your post anchors and connecting your deck design to the side of your home with a ledger and masonry anchors is the only way to attain a long standing sturdy structure you wouldn't think of doing it any other way.

Realize your dream this year by building your very own construction in your backyard and be proud of your achievements by starting your project the right way.

This build is the quickest and easiest way to update your home and take much more advantage of your outdoor living space.

A Wood Deck Design has to withstand all the natural elements and still look it's best for those lazy summer evenings when you can really take advantage of the benefits of your own wood deck design.

Your Backyard Construction

Preparing a deck design for your backyard is one of the top home improvement project for this summer, however there is a great temptation to build a pallet like structure that just sits on the ground outside your back door with the idea that it might be easier... it's not, without a proper base to sit on you might well take much much longer than if you had prepared concrete footings for your anchor posts for a proper deck.

There are many ways to prepare the ground so that an unconnected structure will sit level to the ground, for example by using concrete slabs in four corners for it to sit on ... but it's still just a big pallet sitting ON the ground and the slightest soil erosion below will result in an unsteady and rocky deck!.

The only way to make a deck that you can be proud of, that will stand the test of storms and wind AND that you can build onto as years go by, is to prepare firm LEVEL foundations with concreted-in footings dug to below the frost level and that are adapted to sloping ground - before you start to build up your frame and boards.

A ground level deck design shouldn't just sit flat on the ground, its important to raise the deck frame off the ground to allow for drainage AND to protect the wood.

However, keep in mind that the top level of your structure should not be higher than the entrance to your home - so that the rain doesn't run off your deck design and in through your back door!.

Wood Deck Design Anchoring

The importance of properly anchoring your construction at the very start of your project cannot be over emphasized and is an essential requirement for:

  • Complying with planning permits for your area.
  • Hopefully improving the value of your home.
  • Quality workmanship will improve the usefulness of spaces in and around your home.
  • Adding value to the time you spent doing the work - it's much more worthwhile when the job is done properly.
  • Allowing you to extend your wood deck design later - for example if you want to add an extension for a BBQ area or a step up to encompass your new hot tub with a deck surround...

Your First Step, in preparing the ground for your wood deck design foundations will be to find out where any underground pipes extend out into your backyard, you don't want to dig into any electrical or water pipes of any sort - take a good look at the house plans or ask the experts to advise you.

Your Second Step, (with the details from step one in your posession) should be to apply for a building permit and at the same time you can benefit from their sound advice and experience regarding deck design in your area.

There is no guarantee but if your wood deck design is going to add any value to your home you must have your paperwork regarding the proper building permits in order.

Wood Deck Design Permits

Once your Permit comes through:

  • you will have permission to create an anchor ledger at the side of your home to which you can connect your deck design using masonry anchors (fitting flashing at this point - across the top of your ledger will help protect the wood by preventing water from sitting and causing it to rot!, this will save you having to try to replace it year after year.)

  • Plus - you will know where you can dig your holes, at carefully measured distances so that you can place your concrete footings where your post anchors go - without causing any damage to underground services to and from your home. You will want to dig each hole approximately 6 - 7 feet apart for firm support and no weight bearing problems when you have an outdoor party.

Carefully place nice big j-bolts into the center of the cement before it sets but keep a careful eye on them, it's essential that they stand true and align with each other so that you can screw your post anchors onto them the next day when the cement is really really dry.

When you place your post anchors (usually 4x4 or 6x6 wooden upright support posts - properly sealed at both ends) onto your j-bolts they must be turned down and round until they firmly fit on the bolt but still end up at the right angle so that they work properly for you when you attach the rest of the support structure of your wood deck design.

Get all these initial components nice and level and firmly placed and it's plain sailing for the rest of your Wood Deck Design construction.

We have written numerous articles on deck design, you can read more here at Deck Design tips for your wood deck design

There are different ways in which you could finance this exciting home improvement project, to get some ideas take a look at: Financing your wood deck design

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