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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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Measure for Trees

Measure the circumference of each tree at the point where the tree will meet the surface of the deck (Image 1). Using these measurements as a guide, cut pieces of 2x6 pressure-treated wood with a chop saw to frame each tree protrusion (Image 2).

Attach Wood Frame

Attach the wood frame using outdoor wood screws and a drill, leaving approximately 2-4 inches for growth of the tree. Use a speed square to ensure a square fit.

Lay Decking Boards

Use 5 1/4-inch decking boards and 2 1/2-inch decking screws to lay decking surface. Use an L bracket to space boards evenly. Note: Depending on the length of the deck, boards may or may not need to be cut to size. Decking boards are available in precut sizes ranging from 8 to 16 feet. For decks requiring cutting boards to size, install in a staggered manner to cut down on waste and to create a uniform look.

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