Websites that provide free deck designs for download include Decks.com, TimberTech, and Houzz. Home improvement stores, such as Lowe's and The Home Depot, provide free online deck design tools that homeowners can use to design front, side and back yard decks and pool decks.
Free online deck designs may include images, dimensions, materials and equipment lists and step-by-step instructions for constructing a deck. Some designs recommend specific types of wood or composite material, while others provide general instructions that allow homeowners to select the material type.
Home improvement websites, such as Bob Vila, HGTV, and Houzz, include free instructions and tips for homeowners with limited construction experience. These websites also provide staining and care instructions to protect decks from weather and normal use from year to year. Free deck design software from SmartDraw and USP Structural Connectors allow homeowners to plan and design specific types of decks.
Additional deck design software, such as RealTime Landscaping Pro, ranked the best deck design software for 2015 by TopTenReviews, costs $99.95, while Total 3D Landscape & Deck, ranked number 10 by TopTenReviews, costs $19.99. These design software programs may provide more design elements, styles, configurations and size options than free deck design software or free design plans.