Before you start drafting your deck plans, you should already have finalized your design. If you haven't, go to the design tips section to learn more.
Get some graph paper (preferably with 1/4" squares), a T square or ruler, an eraser and a pencil and a good working space like a drafting table. There are three views you should draw - Plan View, Elevation View and Details View.
A Plan View shows the wood deck from a top down view. An Elevation View shows the deck in relation to the side of the house and the slope of the land. Once you show the elevation, you may decide to create different levels so your deck is less visible to neighbors.
A Details View shows details of any area of the deck that a more complex or that can't be shown from the other two views.
Railings, stairs, ledger boards attachments and even joist framing typically require detailed views in deck plans. Your wood deck plans will be far more useful to you if you take the time to think about these details now rather than on the site when you are building your deck.
Joist spacings will usually be 16" o.c (on center) but can vary depending on the deck material and length of the joists between beams. Be sure to look at the
Beams must be indicated on your plan as well as the position of the posts that support the beam. The and the can assist you in determing the details for your deck. And decking material you choose will have maximum spans so check the too.
A typical wood deck plan should have about 5 or 6 unique sections to it