Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
We had never built a deck before and decided to research the process and materials to use, to make sure this was something we could handle. After looking up a lot of decking brands, we settled on Envision products to help us build our deck. We reached out to their marketing team to see if they wanted to partner with us on the process and were delighted when they agreed!
We found tutorials on Youtube that helped us understand the process as well. Since every deck is different, we just wanted a base idea of how to create this space. Here are some good videos to reference:
We initially had a small back deck that was large enough for one chair. After visiting with our family to decide what we wanted, we came up with a basic plan:
This is also a great way for you to get started!
Now that you have a plan, you will need to order materials to get started. You can find a dealer here that sells the Envision Decking that we love. We ordered Black Walnut in the Ridge Premium found here.
We measured the square feet and added 10-15% overage for extras. The dealer will help walk you through all the materials you need for your build.
Your first step in preparation is to gather city permits or HOA approvals before you start. This is vital to getting insurance coverage. Each area has their own restrictions so call your city planning department for more details.
We made sure to cut and kill the grass before starting. You can also tear out the grass and add gravel underneath if you prefer. Since our deck was low to the ground, we chose not to remove the grass.
You also will need to add any electrical or plumbing at this stage. I recommend you have a professional do this part so that it will be as safe as possible and will pass inspections. We had help as we navigated it.
There are quite a few ideas on how to create your foundation. We opted to use the cement deck block from The Home Depot found here for $9 a piece. We spaced them according to the strength of the wood and block capacity, which you can read about here.
You will dig down your space and add some gravel before laying the concrete block. Make sure it is level and even.
This is the most time consuming part of the project. But it is the most important. Your deck base will ensure longevity of your project. There are many ways to make your base, and use chose 2×8 wood beams that varied in length for our ours.
Using 4×4 boards that were placed inside each concrete block, we mounted the 2×8 boards to the 4×4 boards. We ensured that they were level using a string and level before we mounted. Not sure what brackets to use? Ask your local Home Depot employee and they can help you!
Mike had to custom build this deck according to the measurements we needed around our hot tub. This took patience and time, but it was worth it!
The final step is adding your decking. We love the Black Walnut Color from Envision Decking and how lightweight it was. We made sure we left a space for the edge, and just started adding in the planks. USE DECK SCREWS! Your local hardware store can help you find these.
Our kids were such a big help and the process was much faster with more hands. We added a side piece to cover the decking and you can ask your local decking expert on what piece you will need for your space as well.
This was the funnest part! We ordered our ourdoor furniture from RC Willey and absolutely loved it. The space was finally coming together!
We are so grateful for this fun oasis that we now have in our backyard to make memories on. Envision Decking has so many amazing options for deck builders, so make sure to check them out the next time you are ready to create your outdoor space and build a deck!
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