How to Build a Deck Online

Written by louise balle
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How to Build a Deck Online
Build a deck using online tools before you hire a contractor. (Deck de Madeira image by CarlosNeto from Fotolia.com)

Adding a deck to your house can be a complex task. You sometimes have to get permits, and you might have to hire a construction team who can ensure that the deck is functional and safe. However, designing your deck by using an online service can cut down some of the stress and uncertainty of the design part of the job.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Design a deck online with Lowe's Deck Designer, a free tool. Click "Design Your Deck" to load the tool in your browser. Set the dimensions according to your exact needs, add planks, and draw the railings you envision for your deck. When you're done, you can save and print your design to show your builder. You'll need Java 1.4 and Adobe Acrobat 3 or higher to use all of the features of this deck building tool.

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    Design your deck using the DIYOnline Deck Designer. This free deck building tool allows you to add steps, choose specific wood types for the planks, and even add benches to the deck model. When you're done, you can view a 3D version of your design and retrieve a listing of the materials you'll need to make your concept a reality. You'll need Java installed to use this web-based tool.

  3. 3

    Draw a model of your deck using the TimberTech Deck Designer tool. You must register for an account to get started. You can set the size and shape of the deck, the wood type, and the colour of the planks, then add levels, stairs, and railings to the project. The tool works only on Windows computers, and you need Java 1.5 or higher installed on your system. The service provides you with installation tips, a list of materials, and a 3D model when you're finished.

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