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  • Writer's pictureJeff Tinsman

Building an Exceptional Deck from Scratch: Creating Your Outdoor Hang Out with 5 Star Decks

At 5 Star Decks, a family-owned deck building company from Michigan, we don't believe in fluff or tricky sales tactics. Our priority is always you, our valued client. In this article, we'll take you through the step-by-step process of creating a stunning deck that stands out, all while showcasing our pride in craftsmanship, timeliness, and cleanliness.

Planning and Permits

Before we get started, it's important to plan and obtain the necessary permits. We'll work closely with you to visualize the size, shape, and purpose of your deck, ensuring it meets your needs and preferences. Our team at 5 Star Decks takes pride in meticulous attention to local building codes and regulations to ensure a smooth and compliant process.

Site Preparation

Creating your dream outdoor oasis starts with preparing the site. We'll clear the area where the deck will be built, taking care to remove any vegetation, rocks, or debris. At 5 Star Decks, we believe in starting with a clean canvas, allowing your deck to shine as the centerpiece of your yard.

Design and Materials

Choosing the right design and materials for your deck is crucial. At 5 Star Decks, we understand that every client is unique, so we'll work closely with you to select a design that reflects your style and meets your functional requirements. Our commitment to quality means we only recommend and use the finest materials that ensure both durability and long-lasting beauty.

Foundation and Framing

To ensure a sturdy and stable deck, we'll start by constructing a solid foundation. Our team will carefully pour concrete footings or install deck piers, ensuring a strong base to support your deck. We'll then expertly frame the deck using premium pressure-treated lumber, meticulously aligning joists and beams for maximum strength and stability.

Decking and Railings

With the foundation in place, it's time to install the decking and railings. At 5 Star Decks, we take pride in our attention to detail, carefully installing the deck boards perpendicular to the joists for a professional and seamless look. Our goal is to provide you with a deck surface that not only looks stunning but also withstands the test of time.

Finishing Touches

The finishing touches are what set your deck apart and make it truly exceptional. Whether it's adding railings, stairs, or decorative elements, we'll work with you to incorporate your personal style and preferences. At 5 Star Decks, we're dedicated to ensuring your deck is not only functional but also a beautiful reflection of your individual taste.

Waterproofing and Sealing

Protecting your investment is essential, which is why we take care to apply a high-quality waterproofing sealant to your deck. This step ensures your deck remains resistant to the elements, extending its lifespan and preserving its beauty for years to come.


Building a deck from scratch requires expertise, commitment, and a client-centric approach. At 5 Star Decks, we believe in keeping it simple, sincere, and down to earth. With our pride in craftsmanship, timeliness, and cleanliness, we're dedicated to building not just decks but also trust and lasting relationships with our clients. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you'll be well on your way to creating your exceptional outdoor oasis. Let us bring your vision to life, and together, we'll build the deck of your dreams.

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