If you have always dreamed of a European-style house, then for this, you are missing small decks near the entrance. However, don’t be sad; you can build it yourself. Simple economy class decks will take you 4-6 days.
In general, deck porch is a chic place for the whole family to relax. On such a podium, you can place furniture, put a dining table.
Anatomy of a porch deck
Decks are built directly above the ground. It does not require additional steps or railings. However, the deck has its own structural elements – floors, beams. For construction, you will need a lot of boards.
- Fix the cross-board to the house.
Remove the building siding trim 30 centimeters above the top where you will be attaching the crossbeam. Insulate the exposed sheathing with a self-adhesive waterproof membrane. Mark the exact location of the top of the crossbeam. According to the rules, the step between the deck (which is attached to the top of the crossbeam) and the door should be 10 to 20 centimeters. Attach the beam to the wall. This board should be the same length as your deck.
- Protect the beam
Cut a strip of a self-adhesive waterproof membrane to the same length as the beam. The width of the membrane should be equal to the width of the beam times 3. Fold the membrane longitudinally to form a right angle. Apply a membrane around the perimeter of the beam; the entire width of the beam from above should be covered with a membrane, the rest of it should be located along the wall at a right angle. Then cut a strip of metal as long as a beam and a width of 3 times the width of the beam. Using the same principle as the membrane, secure it with screws over the membrane.
- Install the support posts.
Now you need to form the foundation. Scrape the space under the deck, level it if necessary. Each place where the support will be installed, dig a hole wide and deep enough so that the base supports the structure and is below the freezing line.
- Install the base
Next, install the support beams. They should be placed and secured to the support posts, but remember that the support beams must be at the same level. You have now formed the base to which the rest of the structure will be attached.
- Install and fix the frame.
Next, the frame from the cross beams is attached to the base.
- Install the crossbeams
You can now anchor the deck floor. When you screw the boards, check both sides. Use the outside that best suits your visual appearance. For a fuller work, treat the wood.