Building A Circular Deck
A circular deck is normally used as an area for entertaining guests and holding functions, events and parties. Decks are surely an attractive addition to a home and they are available in different shapes and sizes. Nowadays, it is pretty easy to build a deck if there is a good idea in mind while being equipped with basic building skills. A circular deck generally improves the overall look of a home and beautifies the surrounding area. As compared to other designs, it is thought to be harder to build. However with good planning and patience, everything is possible. Following are some basic tips for building a circular deck.
First, a plan is needed and a site has to be prepared. It has to be determined where the deck should be located. The outcome has to be imagined and envisioned. It is recommended to always draw the plan to scale. When it has be finalized, some stakes have to be placed around the perimeter. This will make you go off course in the building process. Next, the foundation has to be laid by pouring cement. This step has to be correctly done because it is crucial to have a good foundation as it is the key to a lasting design. It basic rule which is to be remembered is that the larger the area will be, the more support beams will be needed. The center of the area has to be determined. There must be a support for about every one foot. The next step is to dig a hole which is four inches deep, cement has to be poured in it and a rebar is to be added. 6 inches of length should be sticking out so that a support stub can be created. Some 4×4 wood is needed to fasten it to the top of each outer beam for forming a support frame.
The next step is flooring. Solid deck flooring has to be selected if possible. Open flooring should be used, leaving a gap of half inch between each board. Countersink screws to ensure stability. Indentions will be needed for railings, it is always better to buy pre built rails and stairs. If it is opted to build from scratch then extra supply of wood stock will be needed. It has to be kept in mind to use 6 inch increment stairs so the deck can be easily used by children and elder people. Lastly, the area has to be coated with multipurpose coat. This will give extra protection to the structure. For preventing slipperiness, sand can be added when staining the area.
These were the basic ways for building a circular deck personally. Help can also be taken form consultant, friend or a local hardware store regarding materials, equipments and tools. Happy building!
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