Decks Gameplan

3D Deck Designer

STEPS TO BUILDING A DECK

Planning Your Deck Project

PLANNING YOUR DECK (Stage 1)

Planning Your Deck - Find Ideas and Inspirations

Finding Ideas and inspirations will help you envision your dream deck. Knowing what you want your deck to look like will help your Build-It-Better coach give you the most useful information possible to tailor a game plan that will suit your exact needs. More…

Planning Your Deck - Determine Your Budget

The budget that you determine for your project will influence it from start to finish. Knowing what budget is right for you will make the project go more smoothly and as expected. More…

Planning Your Deck - Meet Your Coach

The consultation preparation step will help you become familiar with key terminology associated with your project as well as some frequently asked questions that you may be interested in studying before talking to your Build-It-Better coach. More…

Planning Your Deck - Design Your Deck

Designing your deck and its structural design is an important part of every project. This portion of the game plan will use some of the terminology outlined in the meet your coach section of the game plan. Knowing the proper elements to the design of a project will get you closer to completing your project successfully. More…

Planning Your Deck - Apply For Permits

This section will help you get in contact with your local code office and your local conservation authority. Applying for permits is an important step in any building project and Turkstra Lumber always recommends taking this step. More…

Planning Your Deck - Select Your Materials

Once you know what ideas you like and what your preferences are it is important to select materials that match you lifestyle and budget. The materials selection section will help explain the differences between the available materials and which ones cost more than others. More…

Planning Your Deck - Hire A Contractor

If you aren’t comfortable executing the build of your project after going through the planning stages it is no problem! We will give you insight into how to hire a professional and what price range you should expect. When you hire a professional to do your job instead of doing it yourself, you want to hire someone that you can trust. This section of the game plan will provide you with the opportunity to hire a Turkstra Certified Referral to complete you job just as you envision, with the peace of mind you deserve. More…

BUILDING YOUR DECK (Stage 2)

Building Your Deck - Locate Services

Locating services will help you avoid any unforeseen mishaps and expenses. Accidentally striking a cable or pipe can be dangerous and expensive. This small step can go a long way in ensuring your project is done the right way. More…

Building Your Deck - DiggingHoles/ Excavating

If your deck requires concrete footings your design will tell you how many and where your posts need to be placed. Digging holes is not necessary when using deck blocks. More…

Building Your Deck - Pouring Concrete

Concrete is the go-to product because it is strong and durable. There are alternative products such as foam that can reduce labor and handling costs. More…

Building Your Deck - Building the Deck

Just like the planning section for structure, the execution of a project’s structural components is one of the most important parts in completing a project. A variety of information and how-to videos will ensure that you have all the help you will need when doing your own project. More…

Building Your Deck - Installing Railings and Stairs

The following videos are manufacturer videos for vinyl, composite and aluminum railings and stairs. Keep in mind that if you use wood posts, the posts need to be bolted to joists and beams before deck boards are installed More…

Building Your Deck - Staining and Finishing

When can I stain my deck? Wait until the wood is dry to the touch and rain is not expected for a couple of days. More…

Building Your Deck - Maintaining Your Deck

Keep your project looking its best by maintaining it the right way. Learn when and how to maintain your project in this section of the game plan. More…