• Hometalker
  • Locust Grove, VA
Asked on Oct 16, 2019

How do I build a patio or deck on the cheap about 12x20?



We bought a house with no deck or patio in back. Which is the cheapest way to build a patio or deck? We live in Northern Va.

7 answers
  • Gk
    on Oct 16, 2019

    You can build a floating deck yourself if you have the skills and the tools! "Cheap" is a relative term-but this may be less expensive than some other options!

  • Linda
    on Oct 16, 2019


  • K. Rupp
    on Oct 16, 2019

    Hi Linda, We built a our own concrete patio and DIY'd the entire thing. We just did this last Fall actually.

    Our planned cement slab was on a slope too so we actually had to build a retaining wall to allow for the concrete. I don't know if yours is on a slope so disregard the extra posts on building a retaining wall if you don't need one. I included it so you have more than enough information if you need it.

    I have 3 posts associated with the entire project (patio on a slope) where we prepared for the cement slab and We DIY'd the whole thing. I have ALL details in these posts starting it from scratch!!!

    1st post:

    -describes diagrams and sketches needed to build a retaining wall along with planning the wall and cement pad.

    -laid out how to plan and diagram a retaining wall.

    -math calculations to figure out how much stone and block to order

    -how far we dug down and the cross section diagrams of what is going on under the ground

    2nd post:

    -What we did to build the retaining wall.

    -what materials were needed.

    -the actual building pictures

    3rd post:

    -how to order concrete

    -how much concrete we would need based on math calculations that I give you.

    -what materials we needed

    -the process of pouring the cement

    I hope this helps you, that is the exact reason why I wrote it! When you look at the posts, please feel free to comment with any questions. Good LUCK!!!

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Oct 16, 2019

    Check marketplace and craigslist for discounted building supplies. You can also check stores for discounted lumber. You can save a bundle doing it that way if you are patient.

  • Rymea
    on Oct 17, 2019

    Depends on how long you will live in the house. Decks will rot and need maintenance in the meantime. Concrete will last almost forever.

  • Marion Nesbitt
    on Oct 17, 2019

    Have seen decks made of pallets that can be hunted down for free. Attach them together. Then just stain.

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