Free Deck Plans - Get The Real Thing
Free deck plans can be found quite easily if you do some research on the internet or at your local hardware store. But beware that free plans will give you a limited amount of deck styles and information such as what kind of wood to use, the preparation you need to do to the ground first and so forth.
Our new neighbor asked me to give him a little help to get started building his new deck. So on a Saturday morning, I went by his house to take a look at his project. First we noticed that the old deck had sunk on the ground on one side and was so crooked that we could clearly notice it even without measuring.
The surface under neat the deck was only made of dirt and he had his septic tank sitting there. The first thing I advised him was to put a load of crushed stoned there before building the new one.
The reason is to avoid water puddles to form under the new deck and to help the water out. To prevent the same problem to happen again, the ground has to be leveled and the pillars has to be installed on concrete legs.
He looked at me with a surprised look on his face and said that it was a good thing that I told him that because he did not know about it. I asked him to show me the plans of his new deck. I came out with a set of plans he had found online for free.
The plan was OK but it did not specified how to prepare the ground first and did not even give a list of the needed material and tools to get started, among other things. It would had been real hard for him to go get the needed supplies, not knowing how much to get and what to buy.
Besides it did not mention what kind of wood is best to use, what to protect it with and the deck style was pretty basic. I went to my computer and printed out all the models of decks I have into my woodwork program.
My neighbor appreciated it very much and showed them to his wife. They immediately felt in love with an other deck style and never minded the one they had. The information on my plans vas very comprehensive and complete.
He is planning on building his deck by himself with the help of a few friends who never build a deck before so I knew he needed at least a good blueprint to get started on the right foot.
Once you got the base done right it is a lot easier but if you start it wrong it could be aggravating to have to do it over again, not to mention the time and the money you may loose.