Have you ever had that urge, when the sun is shining bright outside, to throw open the grill and entertain in your back yard? That urge comes up for me every summer. I love entertaining but I didn't have a designated space in my back yard to do that. So I thought building a deck would be the perfect solution. I didn't have a lot of money to pay someone to do it for me and I'm pretty handy when it comes to fixing and building things, so I thought I would do it myself. Building a deck requires a lot of planning, phone calls, materials, tools, and skills. In the end, this will provide you a deck that will cost under $300 but priceless entertainment all summer long. All this can be accomplished in 4 easy steps.
The planning process of what type of deck to build can take time. This is because there are a lot of different types of decks to choose from. For example, you can build a deck that is attached to your house and one that may have railings attached to it, to give it a little more pizazz. You can also build a floating deck; this is a deck that is not attached to the house. There is also the pallet deck option that is floating; this is a deck that isn't attached to the house and the foundation is made from pallets. If you only have $300 dollars to spend, then building a pallet deck is the way to go.
Now the process of building your pallet deck begins. Two things are important before any actual construction can begin. First, call the utility company to find out where to dig. This is imperative! Depending on what type of deck you decide to build. Underground pipes are expensive to repair if you should damage one and cutting a live wire could kill you.
Step one, you will need to make sure you have all the materials needed for the project; the biggest part of the materials is the wood. You will need to know exactly how long the section of the yard is that you want to place your deck in, so once have this, you will know how many pallets you will need for the base of your deck Pallets are great to use because they are usually made out of all- weather wood, another great advantage to using pallets is that you can find them for free, you may want to check out Craigslist.