Choosing the Right Decking Material for your Deck

Choosing the right decking material for your deck

When people talk about choosing decking material they are usually talking about the wood on the deck floor. The deck floor is exposed to the elements and gets most of the wear and tear. Besides the deck railing it is the most visible part of your deck. The part of the deck you don’t see […]

Do I Need A Building Permit To Build A Deck And What Is The Process?

Picture of concrete footings, post, beam and joists for the new deck

One of the first questions you should have when planning your new deck is, “do I need a building permit to build my deck?” The best way to find this out is visit your local city hall and get a copy of the building regulations and understand the building permit process. While you are at […]

5 Reasons Why Deck Plans Are Necessary and How to Create Them For Free

The front view of the deck plans for our second story deck

If you are planning on building a deck you will need a good set of plans to make a quality deck. You can pay a lot to get custom plans, but you can also get free plans or create the plans yourself with inexpensive or free deck software. If you followed the last article designing […]

Designing Your New Deck

Picture of a wood deck with table, charis and outdoor fireplace.

The first part of designing your new deck is dreaming about the deck you want. I think it is a good idea to get a pen and paper and write down all of the things you want in your new deck. Think about what you will do on your deck: entertaining, relaxing, cooking, etc. Then […]