Build a Ground-Level Deck

Build a Ground-Level Deck

A ground-level deck is a great way to add some livability to your backyard: it can be a place to barbecue, hang out and entertain, all on a nice flat, level surface that’s clean and safe.
If you want to know how to build a ground-level deck, start with the reassuring fact that it’s one of the easiest decks to build.  Instead, you can build on inexpensive store-bought deck pier blocks that you set directly into the ground.

But because ground-level decks are so low, with framing often only inches from dirt, structural members have to endure a damp, dark environment. Use only pressure-treated beams and joists to help prevent rot and insect attack. Give the cut ends of framing members a coating of wood preservative or finish to help seal the end grain against moisture. Use only stainless steel or galvanized steel fasteners.

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