We are continuing to work on our deck and it’s going surprisingly faster than I thought it would. Much of that is because my wonderful father-in-law came for a visit last weekend to help us out. The only bummer was that it down poured on Saturday. So what do you do when someone drives 3 1/2 hours to help you and it rains? You build a tent.
We found a huge tarp at Home Depot – 20 feet by 30 feet that we were able to cover the deck with and provide a little protected working space. It was still far from dry with the ground turning into mud by late morning. My husband and father-in-law were sure dedicated to work in that mess. But they persevered and got all of the posts up for the railing. We decided to put the railing posts on and then the decking, though we found that you could do it in either order.
We are now to the decking.
The further we get, the more convinced I am that building a deck is not that difficult. My husband and I are completely inexperienced with building decks, but thanks to YouTube videos, Google, and the helpful people at Lowe’s, we’ve been able to figure things out. When we need to, we call up our town building department to clarify code.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s plenty of work and very time consuming. But as long as you can follow videos and instructions and you have two people able to lift and use a hammer and drill, you can do it.
I’m not going to write a guide on “How to DIY your own deck” since there is a lot to ensure that things are done right. But I do want to provide a list of resources we have used to build our deck. So here are the best instructional websites we have found for building your own deck:
This Old House YouTube
If you click the link below, it will take you to all of the videos regarding deck building.
Lowe’s Deck Design
As mentioned before, we used the Lowe’s Deck Design Program to design our deck and allowed it to create a material list for us. Lowe’s also has good instructions and helpful videos to aid in construction.
The Family Handyman
The Family Handyman has some helpful hints and tricks.
If we had hired this project out, I know it would be done by now and we could be sitting on our deck enjoying the barbeque (that right now is sitting in our front yard) . But we are saving close to $5,000 doing the work ourselves. That’s a lot of money. I’m also getting to spend some quality time with hubby.
Soon enough, we’ll be lounging on the deck and we’ll be doing it with a little extra money in our savings account.