i'm building a floating deck in my back yard this is the very first post of this series, but you will be able to catch the whole thing, start to finish, right here. part 2: frame and waterproofingpart 3: deckingpart 4: landscapingpart 5: light pole planters hey there this post or post series, rather has been a long time coming. i've gotten started on my new floating deck also sometimes
this project raises the level of your patio by 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 in. depending on the thickness of your decking and whether or not you put spacers under the sleepers . so any door thresholds adjoining the patio must be at least that far above the concrete.
a floating deck adds a great elevated place to sit and enjoy a view of a yard. let dry. make sure the concrete has set before moving to next steps. step 5 lay the pressure-treated deck joists. making sure everything is level, lay the 2' x 6' deck joists on edge inside the deck blocks. measure from each 2x6 to make sure they are evenly
create a level line to lay your floating decks foundation along. step 3 measure and mark footer posts to figure out the height of your posts, add 2 ft. to the height you want your deck to be off the ground.
utilizing the concrete footings, we placed our pressure treated 2×6 lumber into the grooves to maintain their vertical position. think real life lincoln logs. as most yards are not 100 percent level, we used 4×4 pressure treated lumber, cut to size, to prop up the 2×6 framing to create a level frame.
position the deck frame. place the deck frame onto the concrete blocks so the frame parts rest over the centers of the blocks. use a framing square to check the corners of the frame for squareness 90-degree angles . square up the frame, as needed, by pushing diagonally from opposing corners this takes two people .
advertisement. while you can build one on concrete pavers or over an existing level patio, perhaps the soundest way to support a floating deck is with pre-made concrete deck blocks that have notched tops designed to hold either 4×4 posts on end or 2×6, 2×8, or 2×10 lumber on edge . deck blocks must sit on a stable surface,
our deck ended up being roughly 650 square feet 34' wide x 19' deep and costing about $2,000. this cost includes the permit fee and all materials lumber, decking screws, brackets, quickcrete, and concrete pads .
using shims to level the deck surface because most deck frames are not perfectly level, you may need to make some adjustments to create the appearance of an even deck surface. because the size of joists can vary from board-to-board, you may want to install wood shims to raise the position of decking over low joists.
the area where my main deck frame was going to be was a pretty tight fit, so i built the frame out in my yard and moved it into place once it was complete. the frame was built with pressure treated 2x6 lumber. the outer frame was fastened together with 2 1/2' exterior decking screws . joists were hung every 16' on joist hangers .
because the deck is floating at ground level, the rim joists and outside joists will hide the concrete piers so they don't show at all. all these joists will be made from 2 x 6 pressure-treated lumber.
i am building a small about 5 ft by 11 ft rectangular floating deck to butt up to an already existing concrete block using these deck blocks. instructions say to use 2 x 6 as the supporting boards but, because of my grade situation, i would like to use 2 x 4's instead.
sleepers must be at least 1-1/2 inches in both height and width. the solid surface must be flat and level; no floating systems allowed. gravel, sand, dirt, and concrete pavers are not suitable materials upon which to install the sleepers and decking. use sleepers that are code-approved, long lasting, and resistant to wet conditions and rot.
recommended tools and materials to build a floating deck. miter saw. drill. drill bits. impact driver. grk 2 1/2-inch screws. grk 3 1/8-inch screws. grk 4-inch structural screws.
but for the benefit of my other visitors, especially those building larger floating decks you should watch this video where i explain the benefits of the titan deck foot anchor. it is a lot easier to set beams and framing as low as 2' above the grade and installation is effortless with a hand held impact wrench.
which is cheaper: a deck or a patio? in this article, find out if a deck or a patio is cheaper. decks built with either type of material will require the additional cost of concrete footings to stabilize the structure, which could add another $1 to $2 per square foot. patios are flat, ground-level structures that can be made of a