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A home owner can buy computer programs that will enable them to design their own deck. This can be daunting for those with very little experience but if you work at it you can have something that you can build with.
Building Codes and local by-laws
When building you deck it is important to work with your local building department. In most areas you will need to have your deck plan approved and a building permit issued before you can start construction.
Your local building department will likely look for following information.
•Overall deck size •Height off ground •Position relative to property lines •Size and location of framing •Species of wood being used •Soil type •Method of connecting framing
Once your local building department is satisfied your plans meet code and local bylaws. They will then issue you a building permit, likely for a fee.
At certain stages of construction you will need to get a building inspector to do a site inspection. You will likely be informed of these inspections when you building permit is issued.
Now it is time to start building your deck.
Dave Markel is the author of "The All Wood Working Journal". He has helped hundreds of individuals improve their wood working skills. Visit his site at http://all-wood-working-plans.com