Is there an app for designing decks?
So use SmartDraw’s deck planner to design a deck to be the envy of your neighbors. Start with a deck design template and quickly drag-and-drop deck elements like boards, railings, planters, and even patio furniture.
Can I draw my own deck plans?
All you need to make accurate deck plans are a pencil, ruler, and graph paper. Draw your deck to scale on graph paper (typically 1/4″ to the foot). You’ll need at least a site plan, a plan view, and one or two elevations. You also may want to draw detailed plans for complex parts of the deck.
How do I build a deck layout and design?
How to Plan a Deck: Thinking Through Design & Layout
- Step 1: Decide if You’ll DIY or Work With a Contractor.
- Step 2: Consider Cost Factors.
- Step 3: Determine Deck Shape & Size.
- Step 4: Acquire Your Residential Building Permit.
- Step 5: Decide on Deck Material.
- Step 6: Collect the Tools You’ll Need.
How many deck footings do I need?
Once you’ve completed the new deck, you’ll enjoy it for many years. Before starting to build, the first question is: How many footings do I need for a deck? For an attached 12 x 12′ deck, you’ll need at least 3 footings, plus at least 2 more if you’re planning on building stairs with it.
Can I use deck pier blocks instead of footings?
Pier blocks can be used instead of footings for a ground-level deck not requiring permits. Piers blocks can also be used if the frost level depth is less then the height of the pier block.
How much does it cost to build a deck DIY?
How much does it cost to build a deck? For basic deck designs using the least expensive lumber, you can expect to pay from about $8 to $10 per square foot (depending on the material) of deck area if you do the work yourself or pay about $30 per square foot if the material is professionally installed.
How much does Trex cost?
Depending on the series and color, Trex decking costs $5 to $12 per square foot, plus another $5 to $15 per square foot for installation. For a complete Trex deck—including framing, decking, railings, and stairs—budget $20 to $62 per square foot.
How do you build a floating deck plan?
- Prepare the Deck Area. Clear the ground where the deck will be installed, removing grass and all other organic material, as needed.
- Set the Concrete Blocks.
- Build the Outer Frame.
- Position and Square the Deck Frame.
- Check the Blocks.
- Install the Remaining Joists.
- Install the Deck Boards.
Should you use 4×4 or 6×6 deck posts?
Deck posts must be a minimum of 4×4 according to the IRC but many jurisdictions require a 6×6 post as a standard. To avoid code violations, many deck builders choose the 6×6 even if the 4×4 is acceptable.