Spacing Deck Boards Cedar - Many sundecks beyond the very simple deck comprised with many houses will be custom enhancements to an existing structure. This means your new sundeck doesn't begin with the first nail, but instead, with the first pencil line made in your sketchbook.
Whether building yourself or hiring outside, initial planning should be done by people who will use the deck. A good designer can help with this, but many homeowners have a fairly good idea what will work at this earliest design stage. A wonderful place to start is by specifying the deck's shape using a bird's eye or " plan view" sketch. Simply draw a line representing your house wall, adding to it the shape you imagine for your deck. Take a couple stabs at it. You might find yourself doing arcs and unusual angles, but it's all in pencil so play with it.
While you're outside walking the shape or "footprint" of your favorite sketches, think about amounts, or " elevations." Raising or lowering a deck level in places by even one measure can add considerably to a deck appearance and feel. Once an approximate idea of this deck's footprint appears to function, think about points of access into this deck if any, and if stairs are needed.
Thinking about elevations in decks is important to get a couple of different reasons, the first being the many deck surfaces possess joists supporting them. The base of them should be approximately eight inches (20 cm) above the ground in wetter areas to protect woodwork. An even more pressing consideration is railings. In general, if a deck surface is over two feet above ground, a rail is required. If over six feet, a greater railing is necessary. In my opinion, any altitude change on a deck should be obvious.