Build and Lay Your Own Garden Decking
Building and laying your own garden decking can actually be a relatively simple, although not easy, task. By following proper plans and
working hard, you can actually build your own garden decking, efficiently and effectively.
A quick web search will give you ideas about how to build a deck and a couple of the best are
listed at the bottom of this page.
What to Do
- Consider exactly what you want. Start with the location and size of your deck; check out the wood decking and non-wood alternatives, the
stains and accessories, typical cost of materials, and the amount of time it will take to construct. Make sure you have enough
time to devote to your DIY decking project. It can be hard work.
- Draw up your deck design plans.
- Begin preparing the site.
The materials you need should be obtained before you begin any garden decking job. Some of the supplies that you may need to build
your own garden decking are: flashing, caulking compound, pre-mixed concrete, gravel or crushed stone, cinder blocks, post caps, post bases,
seismic ties, joist hangers, cardboard tube concrete forms, rebar, stainless steel or HDG nails, joist hanger nails, HDG bolts or lag screws, and
washers. Some of the tools that you will most likely need for this project are: shovel, carpenter’s level, carpenter’s square, plumb bob,
wheelbarrow, caulking gun, drill, wrench, hammer, circular saw, tape measure, safety eyewear, and scrap lumber for bracing.
Once you have all the required materials and tools, you must measure and mark the area that you are planning to build on, and remove
any grass or weeds by applying mulch.
Building the Frame
The key to constructing a good decking area is the frame. The frame is without a doubt the most essential and important factor in the entire
construction job, which is why important steps need to be taken before you can begin building the frame itself.
Before building the frame, you will need to decide which way you are planning to have the final deck boards run, and then build the main
joists of the frame in the opposite direction each way at approximately 400mm centers.
The frame itself for your garden decking can be built either directly on top of your existing patio, or otherwise can be built using small
brick pillars to increase the height. Another important factor is the finished surface, and the most important thing to remember here is to keep
the wood in as long lengths as possible. The best way to go about screwing the surface to the frame is by marking out the lines you want the
screws to go in and pre-drilling the holes before using an electric screw driver to screw them into the wood.
DIY Decking Resources and Useful Information
The DIY Network has lots of resources you can use for any DIY project. Their deck section includes “Design and Construction,
Upgrades, Preserve, Protect, Revive, More outdoors Projects and Cleaning Tips, and How-To” sections. It takes a few clicks to get to what you are
looking for, but the site is laid out nicely with pictures and printer friendly versions of the instructions. Also, they have a section at the
end of each article that has links to other resources, such as finding your nearest Home Depot store and books on the subject you
are looking at. A very good resource for DIY decking.
The Home Depot website has some useful information on DIY decking. Mostly the information you will find on the Home Depot’s website is named
brands including help in choosing accessories and materials to get the perfect look. Step-by-step instructions are not available on this website,
but they offer more links to other resources that might be helpful to you.
One main feature The Home Depot offers is professional installation for almost all of its items, decks included. So if you
start looking at the information and decide you want someone else to do all the work, you can get that set up through