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Building a Front Deck


fron deck

Once our siding was replaced, we noticed how bad the rest of the front of the house looked.  The first step was to remove the old timbers that held back the flower beds and replace it with stone.  The next step was to address the cracked concrete step in front of the house.  There were a few things to do.  We could either patch it, cover it in more concrete, or build a deck over it.  The deck option was the one we were both most comfortable with.


Once we got all of our supplies, we got to work.


To support the deck, we anchored metal posts into the existing concrete using a hammer drill.  This took way longer than anticipated.


Two posts were also dug in.  The 4 x 4 posts that go into these holes were also set in concrete.


The 4 x 4s were cut to size and we assembled the facing boards before putting them in the holes.  Using dirt and gravel, we made sure they were at the correct level.


The ledger board was then attached from one end of the deck to the other.



Then we added our supports.


Once the majority of support boards were installed, we called it a night.


The next morning, we were back at it, attaching more facing boards.


Then we could start working on the stringers for our steps.


We may have attached more stringers than necessary, but we didn’t want the steps to sag at any point in the future.


Next, the deck boards were put down.  Looks pretty good.


Each deck board needed two screws into each support.  Lots of work, but needed.


The last deck board needed to be ripped to fit.


All done!


Much better than the old cracked concrete.

front deck before and after

Other Outside Projects:

door knocker outdoor wedding slider-seating-makeover seemless siding

I linked up here


15 thoughts on “Building a Front Deck

  1. What a major improvement! Are either you or your husband in the carpentry or masonry trades? You both seem to know a lot about construction! =D

    • Not right now, lol. Wolfy worked construction for years (along with painting, plumbing, and electrical jobs). We both worked as staged hands at a theater (Wolfy longer than me) and you’d be surprised at how much framing you need to know. I learned all the basics from my dad who was never scared to put a sledge hammer through the wall and then come up with a plan *smiles*. I was actually really worried about the decks (spoiler alert we built one off the back of the house as well) but got through it and it was so worth it.

  2. Wow that deck looks amazing! Such an improvement, you and your husband are very talented!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so excited we went with the wooden deck instead of trying to fix the concrete. I think you will really enjoy seeing the back deck post next week if you like this one!

  3. I really like it, much better than the concrete. With some chairs and a small table, it would be a nice place to sit for the evening. Stopping by from Posed Perfection. 🙂

    • Thank you so much. It still needs stained and then we need to finally make our minds up on railings. I think a bench in front of the window would look super cute. Maybe with a pot at the end with over flowing petunias. The back yard is where we sit to relax though.

  4. that looks so good! I wish I had that sort of space to hang out on/decorate. I am loving your little cape, from one little cape to another!!

  5. Great finished project well-conceived. About the theatre: my background, too, is in theatre and I think one of the main benefits is the mindset that “it can be done”. Well done. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  6. It looks amazing. Great project.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  7. What a fabulous addition to your house. Love it. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. What a great idea! My front porch needs fixing and we never thought to build a wooden porch over the cement one. Your new porch looks great but did you consider making your porch the whole length of your house, I think that would have looked awesome too, just wondering

    • Thank you. We actually never thought to go the full length of our house. We use the back yard for all entertaining so this front deck was just for practical purposes – did not want anyone to trip over the big crack.

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