A deck is the perfect way to extend your living area to the outdoors and improve the value of your home. Find out how you can build your own deck that you will enjoy for years to come. Step 1: Make a Plan Before you reach for a hammer there’s a few things you need to consider before building your new deck. Seeking council approval, checking for underground cables and pipes and deciding on the overall design of your deck are just some of the things you need to do before you start building. Step 2: Measure and Set Out Your Deck With the planning phase complete, it’s time to set out your deck. This phase is crucial – get your measurements wrong and your deck could end in disaster. Find out how to measure and mark out the height of your deck and ensure that it’s square. Step 3: Install the Stumps and Bearers The building phase begins as we show you how to build a strong foundation for your new deck, starting with the stumps and bearers. Step 4: Install the Joists With the stumps and bearers in place, the next step in building your deck is to install the joists; these are the beams that will support the decking boards. Step 5: Lay the Decking Your deck’s frame is now complete, which means it’s time for the final step – laying the decking boards. Building a deck is the first step in creating a fantastic outdoor space for your home, find out what else you can do to create the perfect entertaining area. Or if you’ve only got a small space to work with, check out these great ideas for small spaces.