Deck 2: Deck Structural Design

Installation Instructions

Structural Design of your Deck
Now that you have the conceptual design for your deck, you need to develop the structural elements and material specifications for the project. This is a great exercise to help you get an understanding of the details of your deck regardless if you will be building the deck yourself or hiring a contractor for the job. The specifications that you decide on will be a part of the Construction Document you will either take to the building department for a permit, use to get bids on the project or use to build the deck yourself. Some special conditions that you will have to account for are steep slopes, unstable soil and specific building codes.