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.

Framing Elevation
1. 2 × 10 rim joist2. Existing stone foundation wall3. 2 × 4 stud wall framed 16" on center against stone4. Double 2 × 10 beam5. 4 × 4 foundation post6. Steel post base7. 8”-diameter concrete pier8. 4 × 4 railing posts fastened to joists9. 2 × 10 rim joist10. Double 2 × 4 top plate11. 2 × 4 stud wall framed 16” on center against stone12. J-bolt anchor13. Concrete foundation wall poured against stone wall14. Rubble stone wall15. Poured-concrete pad16. 2 × 6 top rail17. 2 × 12 stair stringer18. 2 × 4 bottom rail19. 2 × 4 treads20. 14”21. 2 × 4 decking22. 7”23. 2 × 6 cap24. 42 ¾”
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