Learn How to Build a Floating Deck with the Help of Pros

how to build a floating deckHere at Structurally Speaking, we take pride in designing the best outdoor living space for each client. What works for one homeowner might not work for another. We love taking on unconventional deck projects, including floating decks. These unattached decks work best for many families. If you’re looking for something different from a traditional attached deck, we can help you learn how to build a floating deck that perfectly suites your style.

Benefits of Floating Decks

Having a deck attached to your home is convenient. However, it isn’t the best option for everyone. In some cases, a floating deck makes more sense. These decks don’t actually float on water! They “float” in the middle of your property, away from your home. Often, homeowners build a path or walkway leading to their floating deck. You can also add a structure such as a hot tub, pool, or shed.

Here are the biggest benefits to building a floating deck:

  • You can build a deck with the best view. If the view from your back door is blocked by trees, neighbors’ properties, etc., a floating deck can solve this problem. You can position it to take advance of the best view your property has to offer.
  • Building might be easier in certain areas. To build a deck, the ground needs to be graded properly so your deck is level and water drains away from it. Sometimes, the area right outside your door isn’t the easiest to grade. A floating deck might be the easy (and thus, less expensive) option.
  • Floating decks add an element of design to a large yard. You might not love the look of a huge piece of grass. A floating deck provides a focal point, almost like a little stage for your yard.
  • If your home is near a property line, a floating deck might allow you to build bigger. Some lots are odd shapes, so you might not have much space available right outside your door. We position freestanding decks to take more advantage of the space you have available.
  • Floating decks can be safer if you want a fire pit. With a floating deck, you can ensure the fire is a safe distance from your home.

Of course, keep in mind that you don’t have to choose one or the other. Many homeowners enjoy having both an attached deck and a floating deck.

Construction Process: How to Build a Floating Deck

The construction process for a floating deck is a little different than it is for an attached deck. However, it starts the same way: with designing and planning the perfect deck for you!

When most people think of decks, the image that comes to mind is a large wooden rectangle. That’s certainly possible, but we encourage our clients to think bigger. We want to create a beautiful deck that you love to show off to your friends, as well as a deck that is incredibly functional. After all, what good is a new deck if you don’t feel inspired to use it?

Once you love the design plan, we’ll take care of all the pre-construction work that needs to happen before building can start. This includes obtaining any necessary permits from your city or county, as well as submitting paperwork to your homeowner’s association if necessary. It’s one of the benefits to hiring professional deck builders – we handle the entire process.

Freestanding decks typically do best on a bed of gravel or on concrete blocks or footings, rather than directly on the ground. This allows your deck to last longer with less maintenance. However, every building project is different. We construct every deck in the manner that is best for your property. This includes anchoring your deck as needed and adding necessary railings to ensure your deck is safe for the whole family.


We want you to feel completely comfortable with hiring us to build a deck for you. Whether you choose a floating deck or a traditional attached deck, it’s important that you love the design before we start building. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about hiring us to build your new deck. Here are some common questions we hear:

How much does a floating deck cost? Is it more expensive than an attached deck?

The cost of your new floating deck depends on a number of factors, including the decking material you choose, the size of your deck, special features for your deck such as pergolas, how much grading work your yard needs, if you want a walkway leading to your deck, and more. In some cases, a floating deck is less expensive. In other cases, an attached deck is less expensive.

When we meet with you, we’ll talk about budget upfront. We never want to design a deck you can’t afford.

Can I learn how to build a floating deck myself instead of hiring a deck builder?

Learning how to build a floating deck is no easy endeavor. You’ll need to ensure it meets your city or county’s codes, source materials yourself, and purchase all the tools you need for construction. Unless you have experience in deck construction, it is typically better to hire professionals. That way, you can be sure that the job will get done right the first time and you’ll love the result.

Is a deck the best option for my home?

Many homeowners love their decks, but it isn’t your only option if you want an outdoor living space. We also build porches, including screened-in porches and sun porches, as well as combinations spaces that include both a porch and a deck connected to one another. Click here to set up a meeting now so we can discuss which option is best for your home and family.