How to Build a Wood Patio


Do you enjoy spending time in your backyard with family and friends and want to add a small wood patio onto your house? This article walks you through step-by-step instructions on building a 10-by-10-foot wood patio.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 10-foot 6-by-8s
  • 34 10-foot 2-by-4s
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Sander
  • Pressure treatment liquid
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Penny nails
  • 2 ½-inch wood screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Prepare the area where you'll build the patio. Make sure the area is solid ground and is also reasonably level. If there is height variation, level the area with wood or brick support posts.

  • Cut the 6-by-8s for the frame of your patio. Leave four pieces at 10 feet long and cut eight pieces measuring 9 feet long.

  • Pressure treat the 12 6-by-8 pieces and the 2-by-4s and allow to dry. Then apply wood stain or paint.

  • Gather the four 10-foot 6-by-8s. Lay two of them on their short sides parallel to each other, 9 feet apart. Stack another 10-foot 6-by-8 on top of each one in the same position and attach with penny nails.

  • Stack 9-foot 6-by-8s on top of each other on their short sides between the 10-foot pieces to form a square frame. Use two 9-foot 6-by-8s on each side of the frame. Attach them to each other and to the other sides of the frame with penny nails.

  • Use the remaining four 9-foot 6-by-8s to build the support beams through the square frame. Stack two on top of each other inside the frame parallel to the 10-foot sides. Place them 3 feet away from one of the 10-foot sides. Attach the two support beams to each other and to the sides of the frame with penny nails.

  • Stack the other two 9-foot sections on top of each 3 feet away from the other 10-foot side. Attach them together and to the sides of the frames. You now have a 10-by-10-foot frame with two support beams inside that are equally spaced out between the sides.

  • Lay all the 10-foot 2-by-4s across the top of the frame perpendicular to the support beams. Drive 2 ½-inch screws through each 2-by-4 board at the four points of contact with the frame---the two outer sides and the two support beams.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be cautious when using power tools.

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