My wife had been bugging me for years about building a small deck outside the kitchen. Tired of waiting for me to do this, she decided to buy a nylon mat and lay it out in the area on top of the grass. Needless to say, that idea didn't work out so well and as expected, the grass underneath died and it looked awful. The whole premise was wrong from the start and needed to be fixed. I decided to build her the deck she wanted once and for all and started the job on Aug 14 and finished on Aug 30th, 2011, all in the midst of a heat wave. This was a one man job, as I neither asked for nor received any help whatsoever, which is the way I wanted it. The deck is small, being 10' x 12', constructed of pressure treated lumber using G185 hangars and hardware, and stainless steel screws for the cedar decking. I wouldn't have been able to do this job without my trusty little Makita impact driver. Love that tool. The corners are resting on concrete blocks which were leveled on undisturbed, compacted soil. The deck is not fastened to the house.
pic 1 - "the mat"
pic 2 - after leveling the ground, weed block and pea gravel for drainage
pic 3 - G185 joist hangars on PT 2x6's
pic 4 - PT 2x6 joists, 16" OC, installed and braced
pic 5 - cedar decking being installed
pic 6 - before I was even finished screwing down the deck boards my wife went out and bought a loveseat and table
The total cost for the project was just over $700 for the materials. My wife loves it, and that is all that matters.