Despite my complete lack of experience and lack of handyman skills of any kind, I decided that I was going to build a deck for myself. As a structural engineer I figured I could design a plenty sturdy deck, but how it actually turned out was... uncertain. Judge for yourself!
|A small selection of framing lumber I dragged home.|
|Starting to dump the lumber where the deck would go|
|The support at the house and the foundation at the end have been put in place and I'm beginning to run my stringers from one end to the other.|
|A side view of the ground beams and some stringers waiting to be attached.|
|A simple, shear connection at the house, these are 2x10s set every 16"|
|The full frame (minus the steps on the end, you can see the ones at the side). The board at the end of the stringers helps keep them from twisting under a load and locks the deck together.|
On the end of the deck (opposite my house) I used three straps per beam. Two on the outside to hold the beam up, and one on the back to keep it from moving (where again, it pressed into the beam, so no tension force to worry about). The steps on the side I placed every 2' or so. At the end of the deck, I simply attached one to each stringer.
Now it's time to screw in the deck boards. Not much to it, but a lot of work. It was about 1,300 screws in all.
|Due to quantity and, most importantly, length, I had this package delivered. The deck boards are all composite which costs (three times) more, but there is no staining or upkeep and they essentially last forever.|
|Completed deck! At the corners of the steps, I put solar lights in.|
|Seems like a decent amount of deck, right?|
|The composite board wasn't a bad match for the house.|
The deck was a 20'x12' deck with the steps for a total deck surface of just under 290 square feet. So for a composite deck with me doing all the labor, the cost was almost exactly $10/square foot.