Building A Floating Deck
The main area of my deck is just a little bigger than a 12 foot by 8 foot rectangle.
Building a floating deck. These are much easier to install as you don t need to deal with deep holes making and pouring cement etc. Step 3 measure and mark. In fact floating decks or decks that are set away from a structure are a great design feature to break up a boxy or boring yard. Set the concrete blocks.
Determine how large you want your floating deck to be. Build a floating deck step 1. How to build a floating deck step 1 determine deck size. Digging about 6 inches into the ground create holes for the blocks so you.
The area where i was laying out the blocks was mostly level. Use stakes and string to mark off the. Step 2 mark off area for deck. Decks don t always have to be attached to the house to give you an effective place to gather and entertain.
Instructions prepare the deck area. But since i knew i wasn t going to pay for someone else to. Measure out the size of your deck in your yard. This is the keyword i kept coming back to and let me tell you it s not easy to find the perfect tutorial for a solo amateur.
Clear the ground where the deck will be installed removing grass and all other organic material. I didn t find it. So in addition to my backyard s quirks i wasn t comfortable using a buzzsaw so all the diy posts weren t right for me. Since this is a free standing deck and less than 36 off the ground our local code did not require a permit.
By the way this is called a floating deck because there are no posts driven into the ground to stabilize it. While a floating deck may appear to float above the grass this style of deck is actually built on a bed of gravel or on concrete blocks for stability. Measure out the space in your yard. How to build a floating deck step 1.
Clear a flat area. Build the deck frame. It is just floating on the top of the earth. Not that i thought it would be but i wanted the simplest deck plans i could get my hands on.
Set the four corners for the deck. How to build a floating deck first and foremost always check your local codes and pull permits if required. Measuring 2 feet from corners spray paint a straight line down the short portion of the deck. You don t need a shop full of tools to build a deck.
Space four interior. This is the line. Arrange 21 concrete deck blocks in a rectangle creating seven rows of three blocks each. They are also a great idea for larger yards that have room for an additional seating space.