Build a Deck: A Step-by-Step Guide from Start to Finish

Design, plan, and build your own deck with these guidelines that walk you through every step in the process, from getting a permit to buying lumber to maintaining the finished deck.

Deck Corner 3
The Well-Crafted Corner: Rim Joists outside the post with Mitered Skirt Boards  1. Foundation post2. Doubled rim joists installed in overlapping pattern3.4 × 4 post4. One-by cedar, redwood, or pine skirt boards cover rim joists and are mitered at deck corners.