Deck-building guide

From materials to staining tips to step-by-step guides, start planning your deck project for spring

By Canadian Home Workshop

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The deck: Home of the barbecue, lounge chairs and memories of warm summer nights. Whether your beloved back porch is in need of a facelift or you’re eagerly planning your very first deck, we’ve got the tips, tricks and insider info to help your investment last.

Bring on the tiki torches!


Five strategies for DIY deck-building

Five strategies for DIY deck-building

As the snow melts, our thoughts turn to decks, docks and patios. IHere are some tips and techniques from CHW's Steve Maxwell.

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Building the fifty-year deck

Building the fifty-year deck

Avoid design flaws that can destroy your deck before its time

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Deck design for rain and shine

Deck design for rain and shine

Design your deck space with West Coast weather in mind

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Retrofit your deck with composite

Retrofit your deck with composite

Use finish-free materials to escape the maintenance monster

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Choose your deck materials

Choose your deck materials

Know your options before you design your new deck

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Choose the right foundation for your deck

Choose the right foundation for your deck

Build a sturdy deck from the ground up

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How to make your old deck look new again

How to make your old deck look new again

Deck prep tips that will help you determine which treatment is right for your deck

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Prepare your deck for patio season

Prepare your deck for patio season

Is your deck in rough shape? Not to worry, these handy tips will have you lounging outdoors in no time

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How to choose materials for a new deck

How to choose materials for a new deck

Pro tips for choosing foundation materials and composite decking before you build

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Fix a sagging deck

Fix a sagging deck

Get your deck back on the level with this expert trick

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Video: Deck details

Video: Deck details

Steve Maxwell shares his deck-building tips

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