Backyard decks seem to create square footage from thin air for summer barbecues and family get-togethers or for just a quiet glass with wine as the sun sets. Although decks built by contractors can be extremely expensive, the cost of a DIY deck is much lower than if you do the work yourself. Do-it-yourself deck construction is simple and inexpensive.
- 1 Encourage the construction of a simple deck
- 2 Deck boards that are affordable
- 3 This Pallet Wood Deck is an easy and inexpensive DIY project
- 4 Easy Deck for the Big Easy
- 5 How to plan your budget
- 6 This deck is easy to build
- 7 Backyard Beach Paradise
- 8 Do-It Yourself Diagonals
- 9 Pallet Power
- 10 A simple and cheap way to downsize
- 11 No wasted space
- 12 The easiest deck in the world to build
Encourage the construction of a simple deck
It may seem easy to build a deck that offers all the features you need, but it can be complicated when you see it on a fast-forward home show. In a matter of minutes, workers transform backyards into multi-level decks. Do-it-yourself deck construction is slow and requires hundreds of pounds of concrete and lumber. This makes it even more important to keep things simple.
Building permits are issued when the vertical height exceeds a specified limit. You can find information at your local permitting office about building codes. These decks can be called platform, floating, or ground-level decks. These decks are easy to construct and stay below the permit level.
Deck boards that are affordable
DIYers love to save money. Deck builders who are successful know that decks can be destroyed by the high costs of certain deck floor boards. To create their backyard paradise, most homeowners use low-cost pressure treated wood and pallet boards.
This Pallet Wood Deck is an easy and inexpensive DIY project
Hoosier Handmade Indianans Liz and Doug achieved a challenging feat by using pallets to make deck boards. It is best to not use pallet wood as a contact surface. The attractive cost of pallet wood is usually free, but there are some drawbacks such as protruding nails and rough surfaces.
Doug and Liz solved many problems by buying wood pallets from a supplier. They were assured only high-quality construction wood and that the slats would be close enough to ensure that their feet and chairs legs wouldn’t slip through.
The only five main building materials they used kept the job simple and manageable. Decks typically require a lot of hardware such as hanger brackets or special screws. This deck was built using pallet boards, concrete blocks and sand, gravel, and stain.
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Easy Deck for the Big Easy
New Orleans is the city for backyard parties. You can have a party in no time with a poboy from the local shop, Zatarain’s or Abita and a few Zatarain’s. The only thing that’s missing is a backyard deck. The backyard deck.
Scott Allen Perry, a Big Easy resident, wanted a deck that was affordable and simple to build. It was obvious that it needed to be done by Scott Allen Perry.
Perry kept the dimensions to 16 feet by 16 foot in order to make the most of the 16-foot-long four-by-4 framing beams. He also used two-by fours to support the deck boards. They were far more cost-effective and easy to use than the two-by tens that are used in higher decks.
His deck boards were made from pressure treated lumber that was stained cedar. This kept the costs down. The easiest and most cost-effective way to top a deck is with pressure treated lumber.
How to plan your budget
Laura from My Shiny Nickels is a consumer finance blogger and is determined to keep as much of her nickels as she can. Is it possible to live a frugal lifestyle that isn’t incompatible with basic luxuries of life? Laura said no.
Randy, her husband, and she decided that they wanted a beautiful deck in their backyard, but they didn’t want to spend the $8,000 required for one built by a contractor.
They built the deck from scratch for $1,600. They were able to save so much money they could add fun details such as a pergola, stairs, and hammock.
This deck is easy to build
Sherrana, who blogs at Needles and Nails, knows from personal experience that children are always on the move. You don’t need to give your children one set of stairs when they can use the entire deck.
Her husband and she used more than 30 stair stringers for the foundation of treads and risers on their backyard deck. These pre-cut 3-step stringers can be found in most home improvement shops and are ready to install.
Backyard Beach Paradise
Redhead Fox, blogger, had a clear vision. Even though she was far from water, she truly desired a piece of paradise.
She found a section of her lawn that was parallel to the swimming pool. She rolled out weed blocking fabric and painted it. Then she laid down 20 pallets of wood. There were no supports.
She didn’t stop there. To make a fence, a table, and benches from 23 pallets more, she used another 23 pallets.
Do-It Yourself Diagonals
Simplicity is the best thing for deck-building enthusiasts. However, there is a way to make things more complicated than that. Laying deck floorboards diagonally can be a great way to do this. This homeowner was able to lay diagonal boards on his backyard deck with great results thanks to his knowledge of the Pythagorean Theorem and a good compound saw.
Jodi and Mark, Texans, rejected the idea that deck extensions should be paid for by contractors. They decided to do it themselves instead.
The couple purchased a whole truck load of wood pallets for $20 at their Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They then built this multi-tiered, cascading addition for $300.
A simple and cheap way to downsize
All things have to pass. This includes the 1990s-decrepit, octagonal deck that is wasting backyard space. Emily from Merry Pad had to first deconstruct the old deck. The deck was too old and peeling paint everywhere made it unsalvageable. Emily did however sell some of the lumber via Craigslist. She decided to downsize to a platform deck that was proportionally better for her backyard and home.
No wasted space
Holly Prim was struck by a stroke of genius when she saw that her backyard stairs could be used for a small deck to enjoy nature and hang out with a friend. She not only used space that would otherwise have been wasted but the stairs also provide shade for those who enjoy the deck.
The easiest deck in the world to build
Dagmar Bleasdale created what can be regarded as the most straightforward and simple backyard pallet deck anywhere in the world. Don Bleasdale, her husband, and she had leftover pallets from their stone driveway project. They decided to reuse them instead of dumping them. Instead of putting them in the landfill, they used four pallets and covered them with an outdoor non-biodegradable mat. Voila: instant deck.