deckSummer is all about soaking in the sun, grilling out, and enjoying a glass of lemonade after a long day. What better place to enjoy a summer day than on your back deck? Centennial Construction & Remodeling Services, Inc. of Carmel suggests that adding a deck can create a summer retreat right in your own backyard.

What work goes into building a deck? The DIY Network gives step-by-step plans for how to build a deck, if you decide to proceed on your own. The basic steps to get started on your deck are as follows (note that before building a deck, you will need more detailed instructions than these):

  • Step 1: Plan, Plan, Plan. Measure your space, and draw up plans. Be sure to check out local building codes and get the proper permits before building.
  • Step 2: Decide on what deck materials best suit you. You have many options out there, from pre-treated lumber to composite decking. Do your research before buying.
  • Step 3: Install flashing. Flashing will help protect your home’s siding.
  • Step 4: Prep the box sill. To do this, install furring board to the side of the house to allow the box sill to be placed above the basement or foundation.
  • Step 5: Place the center beam in the center of the box sill.
  • Step 6: Dig footers & pour the concrete. DIY Network suggests contacting a local engineer or deck builder to know what size and weight of footers you need for your particular deck plans.
  • Step 7: Make the outer support beam and cut the joists.
  • Step 8: Set the joists. You will want to make sure joists are flush with the beam before nailing them into place.
As you can see, building a deck is not a quick or easy task. These steps will only get you started. The DIY Network says that building a deck on your own will likely take you several weekends, thousands of dollars, and hard work. If you aren’t up for the task, call Centennial Construction & Remodeling Services, Inc. at 317-848-7634 for professional deck-building services in the Indianapolis area.

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