Are you looking to design your own deck and come up with a complete material list and layouts for your structure?

There is some great software out there to do a lot of the work for you. In fact, there is an online tool to design a deck and it will even provide you with enough information to bring to your local building department to obtain a permit to build your new deck.

The site is DIYOnline.com. Their deck design program is easy enough to use. You should be able to design your dream deck within about 20-30 minutes. You might find that you have to start over if you missed something, but you can save your deck designs and revisit them.

The deck plan print out that you receive when you are finished is terrific.

Best of all, this deck design software program is free.