How to Build a Balcony

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Add style and beauty to your home by adding a balcony. Balconies give you a different perspective of the land and area where you live. So get ready and design the size, decide on the types of materials you want to use and then build a fabulous balcony.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Drill
  • Lag bolts
  • Wood screws
  • Joist hanger
  • Wood glue
  • Pressure treated 2 by 12
  • Pressure treated 2 by 10
  • Pressure treated 2 by 4
  • Pressure treated 4 by 6
  • Pressure treated 4 by 4
  • Skills saw
  • Level
  • Carpenter square
  • Measuring tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Design the balcony with desired dimensions and desired materials. Pressure treated wood is needed for any outdoor project.

  2. 2

    Do a material count and go to a local hardware store to purchase materials.

  3. 3

    Cut the 2 by 12 ledger and 2 by 12 floor joist to desired measurements. Nail in place. Secure ledger with lag bolts. Use a minimum of 6 inch lag bolts.

  4. 4

    Use joist hangers to secure floor joist.

  5. 5

    Install plywood sub floor. Glue and screw the sub floor in place.

  6. 6

    Fix corner support posts in corners to secure hand rail.

  7. 7

    Build and install hand rail.

  8. 8

    Establish floor with desired materials for this step.

  9. 9

    Stain and seal hand rail.

Tips and warnings

  • Check with local authorities to see if a permit or permission is need to build the balcony.
  • Level, level, level during each of the steps.

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