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Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck

He was tired of having no solid clean place to sit outside, so imgur user ktownkite decided to change his backyard a little bit. His backyard was identical to every neighbor and he wanted to set his yard apart from the rest. It all started with this concept drawing below.

Here is the initial concept.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Laying out the posts was a crucial part of the design.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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After measurements were taken, it was time to lay out some chairs to see if the dimensions were comfortable.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Digging post holes sucks. This was the only part of the project that he sub-contracted out.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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The post holes were dug 4 feet deep. Sonotube was placed down inside, filled with concrete and left to dry.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Treated hardwood for the frame-work and some beautiful cedar deck planks. Nothing beats the smell of fresh cedar.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Time to set the beams.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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He doubled up the main beam for strength and properly plumbed and leveled everything.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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16″ on center with 2×8 joists may be a little overkill but this deck will last a lifetime.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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70 plus joist hangers with 10 screws a piece = 2 broken drill bits and a sore hand.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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He ran into a slight problem here due to the house not being completely square.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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The stairs were longer on the left than the right which would end up in a triangular shaped stair in the corner. Time to improvise.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Some stairs like he planned.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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And how about a vegetable garden!

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Who doesn’t love a vegetable garden? He doubled up the border for rigidity.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Added some skirting and now he has some veggies off the deck.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Blocking and nailing strips are added next.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Working from the bottom up.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Take a look at that double border with 45 planks!

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Check out the perfect miters!

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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He even used hidden fasteners so all you see is the beautiful raw wood.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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He just lined up the boards and made a clean-cut. Who needs a tape measure?

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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He just needs to get rid of the scraps and plant some delicious veggies but the deck is finally finished.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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More skirting will be added here once the dirt goes in.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Time to clean it up.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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Cedar is such a beautiful wood.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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The dogs approve and the neighbors are jealous. When it comes to a deck, that’s all that matters.

Guy Shows How He Transformed His Boring Backyard Into A Stunning DIY Deck
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All it takes is a little bit of work and a good idea, and you can transform your entire backyard into a personal little sanctuary. With a little bit of skill and a few practice cuts, pretty much anyone can build an awesome deck like this off their back porch. Just think of how proud you’ll be when you can tell your friends, “I built that”.

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