Building A Deck

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

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 materials and designs we used.

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…

  • 16 Modern Deck Building Tips and Shortcuts

    There are lots of new decking products on the market, and deck building methods continue to evolve and improve. Here are some of the best tips…