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How to Build a Tree-Encompassing Deck

Bring nature into your outdoor entertaining area with a deck built around existing trees.

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Level Tops of Posts

Using a hand saw, cut off any excess from each 4x4 post so each one sits flush with the top of the deck frame.

Measure for Floor Joists

Starting from the corner posts, measure and mark every 18-inch increment of space around the frame to properly place the floor joists.

Attach Joist Hangers

Use a chop saw or hand saw to cut a small piece of 2x6 to use as a guide for the joist hangers (Image 1). Use a drill and 1 5/8-inch outdoor wood screws to attach each joist hanger to the deck frame (Image 2). Tip: It's okay if some joists vary in distance due to tree placement. Overall, the distance between each can be less than 18 inches, but should never be more than that due to weight distribution needs.

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