Sloped Site Deck with Railing and Stairs
The deck is attached to the house with a ledger board. Installing a ledger reduces the number of footings, posts, and beams required, saving time and work. A ledger installed at the beginning of construction also provides a handy reference point when laying out the deck.
Concrete footings support 4x4 posts, which in turn support beams made of doubled 2x10s. A long beam supports most of the deck. A shorter beam, placed at an angle, is needed for the cutoff corner.Stairs and railing
This popular railing design uses standard dimensional lumber: 4x4 posts, 2x2 balusters, 2x4 rails, and a top cap of decking. The only difficult joint is where top cap pieces meet at a corner, requiring a mitered cut.
The stairway descends about 4 feet. Detailed instructions for planning and building stairs can be found elsewhere on this site.
- Deck Planning & Design
- Deck Plans: Drawing Plans for Your Project
- Deck Building Tools & Materials
- Deck Building: Basic Skills & How Tos
- Building a Freestanding Deck
- Building a Deck On a Sloped Site
- Building a Multi Level Deck
- Custom Touches for Your Deck
- Deck Repair & Maintenance
- Deck Finishes: Sealers, Stains & Paint
- Deck Building Skills