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 Plans Diagram 12 x 16
This 12' × 16' deck rests on a ledger and 6 piers supporting 2 paired 2 × 8 beams. Joists are 6' long, supported on hangers. Use short boards (10s and 6s), staggering joints.