Building A Deck

Learn how to build and maintain your deck with these DIY projects and tips.

Attaching a New Deck to a House: The Correct Method

With proper flashing, a wood deck will last many years; without it, the deck and the ledger it's attached to will quickly rot. Detailed photos in this article show the difference.

Building A Deck projects

  • Tips for How to Build a Deck

    A veteran pro tells you his favorite deck building tips that speed up the job, increase deck durability and improve quality. The result is a…

  • How to Build a Deck With Composites

    Expert deck builders show you how to build a deck with composites and other rot-resistant materials for longevity. Your deck will also look…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Build Deck Stairs

    Sure, building deck stairs can be tricky. But in this story, we'll make it easy by showing you how to estimate step dimensions, layout and…

  • How to Build the Deck of Your Dreams

    Learn key features and techniques for building first-class decks, including planters, shading ideas, stairs, durable materials, privacy screens,…

  • How to Build a Deck That'll Last as Long as Your House

    There's building a deck – and then there's building a deck that will last for as long as your house does. See how we did it and the…

  • How to Build a Deck Over a Concrete Patio

    Is your old concrete patio an eyesore? You can avoid the cost and mess of tearing it out by just screwing down wood sleepers and decking over it.

  • 7 Deck Building Tips

    Make your deck building go faster with these seven clever tips from the pros. It’s tricks like these that allow professional to build a deck…

  • Attaching a New Deck to a House: The Correct Method

    With proper flashing, a wood deck will last many years; without it, the deck and the ledger it's attached to will quickly rot. Detailed…

  • Making Deck Posts

    Learn the simple deck-building skills of making square cuts, cutting notches and shaping deck posts to make your deck stronger and more…