If you’re looking to extend your living space, add value to your property, or simply create a charming outdoor retreat, building a deck can be a cost-effective and rewarding home improvement project. While many homeowners seek professional deck installation, learning how to build a deck frame yourself can be a rewarding endeavor, especially if you have the time and skills. At Australian Lattice and Timber, we’re here to guide you through the process with our step-by-step instructions on how to build a timber decking frame.

Step 1:

Planning and Approval- Before diving into the construction, ensure you have the necessary permits and approvals from your local council. Plan the deck’s direction and height off the ground to suit your needs and preferences.

Step 2:

Check the Ground-  If there’s an existing concrete slab or paving where your deck will be placed, it should be removed to allow the deck frame to be securely grounded. Check for any utility lines or pipes under the site before proceeding.

Step 3:

Measure and Mark the Deck Area- Accurate measurements and marking of the deck area are crucial. Install timber guides around the perimeter to maintain squareness, using the 3/4/5 rule for verification.

Step 4:

Measure and Dig the Stump Holes- Mark the positions of the stumps and dig holes accordingly. Properly spaced and straight holes are essential for stable support.

Step 5:

Install the Bearers- Cut and join the bearers, ensuring they are level with the exterior wall. Secure the bearers to support posts and drill holes for connection with the stumps.

Step 6:

Install the Stumps- Position ant capping on the stumps and place them in the holes. Connect the stumps to the bearers using threaded rods and secure with nuts. Fill the holes with concrete and allow it to harden.

Step 7:

Install the Joists- Attach wall plates to the exterior wall and secure the first joist to the bearers. Use this as a guide to install the remaining joists at even intervals. For added support, consider installing timber between the joists.

Step 8:

Lay the Decking- With the deck frame in place, you’re ready to lay your decking and create a stunning outdoor space.

Tools Required:

  • Carpenter’s square
  • Chisel
  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Fixings
  • Hammer
  • Hammer drill
  • Handsaw
  • Nail gun
  • Pencil
  • Sawhorse
  • Shovel
  • Spanner
  • Spirit level
  • String line
  • Tape measure

Materials Needed:

  • Ant capping
  • Batten screws
  • Concrete
  • Glue
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Timber

Building a deck frame requires attention to detail and precision, and while this guide provides essential steps, it is recommended to seek professional help for a complex and long-lasting deck. At Australian Lattice and Timber, we take pride in offering premium timber decking materials and expert advice to help you create the outdoor oasis of your dreams. Explore our range of timber products and experience the beauty of a well-built deck that stands the test of time.