Tips for Building a Deck: Design & Layout

Tips for Building a Deck: Design & Layout

Building a deck can completely transform your backyard, turning it into a true extension of your home that you can use throughout the year. No matter how you plan to use your deck, creating a space that you love starts with quality planning. By giving the design and layout the attention they deserve, you will set yourself up for success.


Key Design Considerations

Start by checking with your HOA and local building department to determine if there are any local restrictions regarding the size or layout of the deck. You should also check with 811 to mark underground utility lines that could interfere with the work.


When planning the layout, make sure that it will provide enough space for your outdoor furniture and other features you want to include, such as space heaters or a grill. The deck should be large enough that you can comfortably navigate around these items. Make sure that railings won’t block windows or doors.


Materials Matter

Another important aspect of your design and layout is the size of the materials you will be working with. Most deck boards are 5 1/2 inches wide — plan accordingly when measuring for the total size of the deck. The number of posts you will need for the deck will also vary based on local requirements, the size of your deck beams, and the design. You will also need to measure the height of the deck so that the posts are the appropriate height. The right materials will help deck construction go smoothly.


If you’re ready to start building a deck on your property, make Gerber Lumber your first stop. We carry everything you need for this project, including lumber, fasteners, railings, stains, and more. Visit our store today, and our expert staff can help you make the right selections for your project.