Summertime spent by the pool is guaranteed to make you feel relaxed. All your stress and worries disappear as you soak up the sun and enjoy the cool, refreshing water. If the pool is at your very own house, it doesn’t get any better.

But a nice pool deck or patio area can be as costly as the pool itself, if not more. Or at least that’s what we thought – until we saw what this guy built from scratch!

His first step was to pull up the weeds and remove all the grass in the area where he intended to break ground.

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His above-ground-pool was already installed, so he simply worked around it. His next step was to build a frame for his construction.

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Then he dug a series of holes which would house the support beams for his new deck.

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His area doesn’t stay warm year-round, so he was sure to dig the holes well past the frost line. That way, his structure would survive the winter.

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He used an auger, a large helical drill, to begin each of the holes, then dug the rest of the way by hand .

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Then, he prepared to install the beams themselves.

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He began by adding plastic standoffs to the bottoms of each of the beams. The standoff prevents the post from touching the concrete where moisture might accumulate and rot the wood.

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He placed each of the beams in their holes and then poured a few inches of concrete at the bottom to ensure that the beams stay secure.

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Before long, things were really off and going as he added crossbeams to the frame!

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He was lucky enough to have an excellent little helper for the job!

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Rather than refilling the holes with soil he dug up, he used stones instead. This allows rain water to drain more quickly, keeping the wooden beams moisture-free.

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He then mounted brackets to the crossbeams he had attached.

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With the frame firmly in place, he was able to move on the project’s next stages.

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The next step was to add temporary support beams at the top of the posts. This kept the frame stable enough to begin building the deck’s steps.

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Then he added joists, or crossbeams, to begin the platform.

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Once the crossbeams were fitted, the structure was sturdy enough to remove the temporary supports.

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The next step was to trim down the support beams to the appropriate height.

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When the posts were cut, he was ready for the next phase of the project…

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He installed another series of crossbeams to ensure that the deck surface was sturdy.

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And he reinforced those boards with carriage bolts.

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As winter got closer, he had to pause the project and cover everything up until he could work again in the warmer months.

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When spring finally came, he got right to work putting in the deck’s floorboards.

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To make sure they were evenly cut, he went underneath the structure and marked each piece of wood.

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After the boards were properly cut, it was time to drill them down.

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He moved on the the deck’s spindles, drilling pilot holes to ensure that fitting them to structure would be quick and easy.

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Once the floorboards and spindles were installed, he laid down the planks for the deck steps and it was ready to use!

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He added a locking mechanism to the deck door just to be safe.

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Finally, he could sit poolside and take in the warm weather and beautiful view.

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If I had a deck like this, I’d hang out on it all the time!

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It’s incredible that he built this deck from scratch, all by himself.

Now that it’s finished, I’m sure he and his family are having lots fun by the pool!