Megan's DIY TuffBlock Project

We are so excited to share Megan’s floating deck!
Built in May 2021, we are in absolute awe of Megan’s work on her picture frame floating deck. 

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Megan’s work is so clean that we couldn’t resist running through her TuffBlock experience. 

What inspired you to build a floating deck? 

We dreamed of having an outdoor space in our backyard since purchasing our home but wanted it to be different. We debated on having a stamped concrete patio but didn't like the idea of reinforcing the concrete to the foundation of our home. So we decided to build a floating deck because that would not require the deck to be reinforced to our home, and we could build the deck by ourselves.

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Have you built a structure like this before? If not - how did you find it? 

No, we have not built a structure like this before. We have built a shed plus many other wood projects, so we figured the concept would be similar. But that doesn't mean that I didn't do my research. I spent many hours watching YouTube videos, reading articles, and reading through instructions on installing TuffBlocks and decking boards.

What made you choose TuffBlocks for the job?

When I first started my research, I was planning on using concrete blocks, but then I watched a Youtube video that used TuffBlocks, and I was sold. I loved how easy they looked to install, the size of the blocks, that the blocks already had the proper ventilation, and TuffBlocks are lightweight. Plus, I wouldn't have to worry about possibly chiseling away concrete to make the pressure-treated lumber fit within the groove.

What would you say were the pros of using TuffBlocks? 

The biggest pro to using TuffBlocks is the ease of installing. Other pros I found were that you don't have to carry a heavy concrete block, you don't have to worry about chiseling the block to make the board fit, and you don't have to worry about proper ventilation.

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Did you come across any challenges when using the TuffBlocks? 

I didn't have any challenges using TuffBlocks. The most challenging part of the build was working with all the angles of my deck.

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What resources did you use to help you develop a better understanding of how to use TuffBlocks? 

I used the BuildTuff installation guide, and I found the FAQ on the BuildTuff website to be very helpful.

What other material did you use for your floating deck build? 

I used 2"x6" ground contact pressure-treated lumber in various lengths. In addition to the lumber, I used joist hangers with appropriate screws and 3" exterior screws to secure the deck's framing together. After the framing was built, I used joist tape to protect the lumber. After, I installed Trex composite decking with hidden fasteners.

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Do you think you’ll use TuffBlocks for any future projects? 

If I build another floating deck or shed, yes, I will be using TuffBlocks again.

Would you recommend TuffBlocks to your family, friends, and colleagues? If yes, why? 

Yes, I would recommend TuffBlocks to anyone looking at building a floating deck or building a shed. The reason why I would recommend the product is because of how easy it is to use.

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Tell us 3 fun facts about you

1. I am a wife and mother to three kids. 

2. I enjoy the outdoors, and some of my favorite things to participate in are: volleyball, snorkeling, mountain biking, and hiking. 

3. I have over 100 nicknames, all from my husband. 

What’s the next project on the cards?

I have a couple of projects on the list: redoing a bathroom and finishing a laundry room. 

Great job Megan! We can’t wait to see what other projects you have up your sleeve. 

If you’re looking to build a floating deck or patio get in touch with our team today. 

 

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