How to Build Decks

Are you thinking of doing your first DIY deck building project? Need some ideas and tips to get you started on the right foot? We've got you covered with useful secrets from our Hometalkers that will guide you through the process of everything you need to know. From video tutorials to top projects, this is your one-stop shop for all your DIY needs.

Build the Deck of Your Dreams
Make a plan
A deck is a huge undertaking and quite the statement in a home. Make sure to have a sound plan before beginning.
Measure the space
Measure how big you’d like your deck to be. This is essential to know how much wood you’ll need and what dimensions to work to.
Create a strong foundation
As with any structure, a deck needs to have a sturdy and sound foundation.
Lay down the deck
Attach each piece of wood to the structure of the deck, ensuring each is secure before moving on.
Protection from the elements
As a deck is exposed to all elements, be sure to apply a protective coating on top, such as polyurethane or polyuria.
Top Deck Building Projects

Want to see some gorgeous deck makeovers? Find your inspiration here.

Deck Building Videos

DIY deck building in video tutorial format. This is what you've been looking for.

Nautical Rope Railing

HEY! I am going to show you how to build a super cool rope railing. I am building it on a new deck but it could easily be done on an existing one, just pop your old railings off and replace them with this one! Or upgrade your dock with this marine feel. Hope you like it!

13 Creative DIY Deck Railing Ideas for Awesome Outdoor Fun

Nothing screams warm weather like sitting out on the deck. If you’ve been stuck inside, looking at gray skies and swirling snowstorms, you are chomping at the bit to set out the patio furniture, reflower your planters and chill out in the warm sun on the deck.

Simple Easy Custom DIY Deck Railings

I remember when I called my dad and said I wanted to change my deck railings. They were old and needed to be taken down. He said, ok what were you thinking? I replied. Well, I was thinking about chicken wire. Then there was silence on the other end of the phone. In this tutorial, I am going to show how to build custom railings using unconventional materials.

How To Attach Your Dock to Land

Hey Everyone! If you loved my DIY Floating dock, you'll love this HOW-TO attach it to land. You can enjoy it longer in your season, because here in Nova Scotia were only willing to swim out to the dock for 3-4 months of the year. This way we can enjoy it even in the cold weather, with a blanket and a glass of wine you turn your deck into a year round pleasure!