Since Jane and I spend so much time in the garden, we decided to build a freestanding deck. You know, a place to sit, relax, and maybe enjoy an adult beverage from time to time. Or, here in the South, a nice tall glass of ice tea. Before I begin, I must tell you that I am by no means a professional carpenter or deck builder. This is just the way that I did it, and it’s quick and easy.
The first thing that I had to do was to clear a place to build a new deck, and it really was time to move this compost bin. It’s not a job for a person with a weak stomach. But it had to be done, so I did it.
I already had some landscaping timbers, so I decided to use them to build a frame. I know, I know. Most folks go to the trouble to dig footers and place concrete blocks for the foundation. But like I told you, this is quick and easy.
It’s very important to make sure your area is level. You may have to move a little dirt here and there. I decided to make the deck 8 feet by 16 feet. Why, do you say? With those dimensions I didn’t need to cut or saw any lumber. The landscaping timbers are 8 feet long and I placed one on each end and put 2 together on the sides and in the middle for support. I used a total of 10 landscaping timbers.
Lucy and I made a quick trip to Lowe’s to pick up the lumber for the decking. I brought home twenty 8 ft. long 2″ x 10″ pressure treated boards. I chose to use the 2″ x 10″ boards instead of regular decking planks in order to make the entire deck sturdier.
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