Step 1 Plan and Design Your Deck
No matter which type of deck you decide to build, you’ll need a plan in place to ensure everything goes smoothly. In this step you will learn about using our free deck builder in-store to design your deck and get an estimate of all of the materials you’ll need to get started. You will also learn about popular deck materials you can choose from such as pressure treated lumber and other types of lumber or synthetic materials. It’s also important to keep your local building codes in mind while planning your deck. These will dictate things like where you can place your footings, how high your deck can be, and more. Having the appropriate permits if needed is essential to avoiding unnecessary headaches during the build. Watch the first of the How to Build a Deck video series and check out our Deck Design and Inspiration page to get some great ideas for deck designs and styles.