Outdoor kitchen, open-air living room or playground: however you use it, a deck is your ticket to making the most of summer. It’s also the kind of asset that will increase the value of your home.
Building a deck is a project for experienced DIYers to be completed over several days. The attached plan is for a deck on two levels: a 10' x 8' lower level and 11' 7" x 14' upper level, for a total of 19' 7" x 14'. This deck is also partially covered by a pergola and enhanced with a flower planter.
Treated wood should be handled with precautions.
The National Building Code of Canada establishes guidelines for the construction of buildings and various structures, including decks. However, these standards can vary depending on the local building requirements in effect in a particular province or municipality.
For instance, in the case of a deck, the height of the deck’s surface above the ground determines the requirement for the railing height:
Height of deck = Height of railing
Also note that the maximum distance between the balusters and under the bottom rail is 4". For a stairway, the treads should be no less than 9 ¼" deep and the risers no more than 8" high.
Always check the local building requirements for your area before beginning any such construction project.
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