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Free Deck Plans
Free Deck Plans
Choose from hundreds of permit ready designs. Our deck plans include a detailed framing plan, footing layout, material list and typical details. These plans are free to download as pdf files that can be printed to 1/4" - 1' scale on 11x17 paper.

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10 Tips For Building A Great Deck

 

1) Free Deck Guide

Learn how to build a deck from the pros. This 10 page guide explains deck building codes for do it yourself deck builders. Features include footings, ledger board, framing, decking, railings, and stairs.
 

2) Low Maintenance Materials

Composites, PVC, and Aluminum materials have become very popular deck materials for a number of reasons. Never stain your deck again. Research product features, colors, warranties, and installation instructions. , Latitudes, Gossen, LockDry, .

3) Free Deck Plans

A good plan is the key to success when building a deck. Browse hundreds of free permit ready professionally designed deck plansCustom plans are also available.
 

4) Deck Lighting

Low voltage lights are a cost effective way to add some style to your deck. Learn more about how lighting can be used to transform your deck into a more exciting outdoor living space at night.
 

5) Deck Railings

Deck railings are a very important piece of a successful deck design. Deck railings will be the most visible and prominent aspect of your new deck and should not be overlooked. Explore a variety of interesting new deck railing options including metal, glass, and low maintenance materials. Fortress Iron Railings, RailingWorks, Atlantis Cable RailingDeck Depot 
 

6) Hiring A Contractor

Find the best professional deck builders in your area. Read customer reviews and browse photos. Many deck builders offer a range of services including frame only options for DIY builders.
 

7) Use the space under your deck

Why waste the area under your deck? Water drainage systems can create a pleasant space to enjoy the outdoors even on a rainy day.
 

8) Benches, Planters and Pergolas

Built in furniture and shade features can make your deck unique and functional. Look at examples and learn how to build attractive seating areas, garden boxes, arbors, and pergolas.
 

9) Designing a deck to meet your needs and budget

It is important to keep your budget in mind while designing a deck. The types of materials and size of the deck will determine the overall cost. Building a deck yourself and reducing wasted materials can save you thousands of dollars. Learn other tips on how to get more bang for your buck.
 

10) Screen Porches, Hot Tubs, Pool Decks, Rooftop Decks

Build a deck to suit your lifestyle and your house. Screen Porches can extend the season for using your deck. Incorporating a hot tub into your deck design can create a quiet private oasis for you to enjoy.

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