If you’ve somehow managed to secure yourself a house with a yard that’s big enough in 2019, you might want to one-up your already blooming adultness and sink some more $$$ into DIY renovations, like a DIY deck.
How, you might ask? Those builders on Better Homes and Gardens (remember that, kids?) all seemed to have so much experience, equipment and, of course, cash on hand!
Well, aside from that third, all-important object, building a deck from cultural monolith Bunnings Warehouse or any other home service store is far easier than you might think. Here are some myths that we’ve dispelled when it comes to building your own deck.
Myth 1) The aesthetics are the most important part
While the building is no doubt a very important skill when it comes to these type of projects, having well thought and dug foundations is what really helps the entire process run smoothly. Whether it’s a team that you hire or trenches you dig yourself, there are always handy guides to be found when it comes to creating the foundations of your deck, and once that’s done, everything else will (literally) fall into place.
Myth 2) Millions of screws are needed for these projects
Every time we see decks made on TV it looks like an entire military armoury is needed to hold all the joints together. In reality, many home decks feature planks that just slot in, like the planks that keep a mattress within a bed frame. Hardware store-approved screws will do the job, and you only ever really need a few.
Myth 3) It’s a summer-long project
Building a ground level deck might seem like a daunting task (as is any home reno project), but in reality, it only takes a couple of days of work to have it all set up. Once it’s done, the benefits are long-term, with a deck now at your disposal to enjoy for years to come!