Easy to Follow Time-Lapse on How-To Build a Ground Level Deck on a budget. This is an easy DIY deck, also known as a Floating Deck. For a deck this size, its an easy weekend project, but can be finished in one day with enough people helping out! Save money and build it yourself!
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To start the deck build project, you must first decide what area your deck will be built in, deck size, deck shape, deck color or material used, how it will attach to the house (if at all), what the foundation will be made of (ground spikes, patio blocks, landscaping bricks), if an underlining material liner or a filler material like gravel will be used, any water drainage needs, and if you will need or require rails, benches, or stairs.
Once the planning phase has been completed, check your local Hardware Store, like Home Depot or Lowe’s for assistance with final deck design, as well as a materials list for the entire build. Most Home Improvement Stores will have a Kiosk where you can plan, customize, and get a schematic with materials list without much effort.
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The video time-lapse demonstrates the steps needed from building the basic frame from 2×6 treated Framing boards on strategically placed patio blocks for leveling, bracing the main frame on the inside, laying the gravel in a grade away from the house for water, as well as preventing under-growth from coming up, and finally laying down your deck planking, made from wood or composite. This is the most time consuming part of the process, and most tedious, as each board needs to be carefully spaced, screwed down in numerous spots along the length, and then finally cut to length, matching the other deck planks.
Having reliable power tools will make this project much easier, many times over. Must Have’s are a Large Level, a Corded Power Drill, a reliable Circular Saw, as well as good Building Materials, like long-lasting Deck Screws, and follow-up deck treatment products, like a good Wood Deck Cleaner, and sealing Deck Protector.
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Once the build is complete, utilize the space with common deck accessories, like a good water-proof patio set, an above-ground fire pit, quality grill or barbecue, as well as Privacy Screen Fences, and waterproof LED Light Strips can create relaxing ambiance or a fun party environment!
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If you have a pre-existing flat and dry surface, and want a simpler, cheaper, and quicker way of providing the finished look to your outdoor (or indoor) space, check out these alternative all-natural wood inter-locking Tiles (http://amzn.to/2DijWe4). The DIY Wood Tiles come in various colors, designs, and weather resistance. They are budget friendly, look amazing when installed correctly, and provide a similar feeling to the deck in or outside! At a fraction of the cost to a traditional deck, having fast and simple installation, they are an option which should be considered when planning any deck build!
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Can you build this against a gate?
WHAT AREA ARE YOU IN? I always wondered how well these would hold-up if not anchored into the ground with traditional posts as a result of frost-heave
ok loved the idea but what were the measurements for the deck? and did you put a barrier down besides the rocks ? noticed the rocks were laid down in between the foundation rails .
Great to see that… I made it too. Using WoodPrix handbooks 🙂
Nice work man looks excellent
Why do you put gravel under it?
Big thumbs up man , why all the gravel ? Purpose?
what size is your deck?
love it u r so creative.I build a small one in a hour ,next to my shed today.w the extra wood material I had left over from my shed.