awesome web resource! 100's of free deck plans you can choose from and download at http://www.decks.com/deckplans/, or use their custom deck plans services

awesome web resource! 100's of free deck plans you can choose from and download at http://www.decks.com/deckplans/, or use their custom deck plans services

The hardest part of building a deck may be planning and designing it. The free plans we've researched will hopefully serve as a springboard, helping you to define what you want and where to go from there. Good luck, and let us know how your deck project is coming along.

The Best Free Outdoor Deck Plans and Designs

The hardest part of building a deck may be planning and designing it. The free plans we've researched will hopefully serve as a springboard, helping you to define what you want and where to go from there. Good luck, and let us know how your deck project is coming along.

Here are my three top tips to double the lifespan of your new deck!  Hint: They all deal with water and rot issues.  -Matt Risinger

Here are my three top tips to double the lifespan of your new deck! Hint: They all deal with water and rot issues. -Matt Risinger

12 deck plan sizes available for immediate download from 26x14 sf to 36x14 sf.  Decorative pergola covers a 10x12 sf area and a seperate grilling area.  Free deck plans available for immediate download.

12 deck plan sizes available for immediate download from 26x14 sf to 36x14 sf. Decorative pergola covers a 10x12 sf area and a seperate grilling area. Free deck plans available for immediate download.

A video and photo tutorial detailing how to build the frame for a deck - yes, you CAN do it yourself!

{Video} How to Build a Deck Frame

A video and photo tutorial detailing how to build the frame for a deck - yes, you CAN do it yourself!

THIS. THIS is what I want! Well, I'm pretty sure anyway.   Single level, medium size deck with roof (#1RTW7002).

THIS. THIS is what I want! Well, I'm pretty sure anyway. Single level, medium size deck with roof (#1RTW7002).

low levels and shapes like the low level deck on an angle with fire pit conversation area and sep area for grill and also diff shape area for dining

low levels and shapes like the low level deck on an angle with fire pit conversation area and sep area for grill and also diff shape area for dining

Avoid Deck Rot with Flashing Tape - Pressure-treated lumber that stays wet will eventually rot. Flashing tape keeps water from getting trapped between doubled-up joists. If you're resurfacing an existing deck frame, tape over any joists that have a lot of holes from the previous nails or screws. Buy black tape if you can find it; shiny silver and white tapes may be noticeable between the gaps in the decking. The tape shown will be covered by the perimeter deck board.

15 Modern Deck Building Tips and Shortcuts

Avoid Deck Rot with Flashing Tape - Pressure-treated lumber that stays wet will eventually rot. Flashing tape keeps water from getting trapped between doubled-up joists. If you're resurfacing an existing deck frame, tape over any joists that have a lot of holes from the previous nails or screws. Buy black tape if you can find it; shiny silver and white tapes may be noticeable between the gaps in the decking. The tape shown will be covered by the perimeter deck board.

Not a difficult modification - turn your deck railing into a bar for plates and drinks

Not a difficult modification - turn your deck railing into a bar for plates and drinks

Simple, relatively inexpensive cedar deck with aluminum hybrid rails. Built by Deck And Basement Company.

Simple, relatively inexpensive cedar deck with aluminum hybrid rails. Built by Deck And Basement Company.

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