There are two ways to draw a deck:

  1. Using the Deck menu option from the Add button on the Home ribbon to place a standard 10 x 10 deck on the design grid, then modify the deck layout using sizing and cut options.
  2. Using the Freeform Deck menu option from the Add button on the Home ribbon, draw the deck freehand.

If you are designing a rectangular deck, using the Deck command is the best option.  The second option, Freeform Deck, gives you greater control over angles and edges beyond the rectangular form.

Add an additional Deck:

  1.  Click the Add button in the Home ribbon.
  2. Choose the Deck option from the menu.
  3. When you click the Deck button, a deck border surrounds the mouse pointer as it is moved on the design grid.
  4. Move the mouse pointer to the desired location on the design grid and click the left mouse button to place the deck.
  5. Repeat these steps to add additional decks.

Add an additional Freeform Deck:

  1. Click the Add button in the Home ribbon.
  2. Choose Freeform Deck from the menu.
  3. Move the mouse pointer to the desired location on the design grid, and click the left mouse button to select a construction point for the deck.
  4. Select each construction point (represented by the circles) along the perimeter of the deck.
  5. Close the deck perimeter by selecting the first grip point (represented by the diamond).  When you close the deck loop, the software fills the space with decking boards and auto-populates the decking substructure (adding joists, beams, posts, fasteners, and so forth) automatically.