Railroad Tie and Concrete Block Deck

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in backyard | 35 comments

Sometimes I wonder if I might be a bit of a redneck?

I laugh at most, “You might be a redneck. . . ” jokes.

There are a few that I can relate to. . .

And, others that I get ideas from. . .

Simple DIY Deck

As I thought about how to add a new deck area to this shameful area of my backyard,

"Before" picture of my new deck @ DaisyMaeBelle

The thought came to me.

The thought involved concrete blocks.

Using concrete block and railroad ties to install a new deck @ DaisyMaeBelle

First, I had to add a board to one of the railroad ties to make the 2 level.

Home Depot cut it to 8′ 6″

The same size as the railroad tie that was going to act as the edge support for the deck.

Using concrete block and railroad ties to install a new deck @ DaisyMaeBelle

Then, I added a row of concrete blocks down the center of the 9′ area.

Digging a bit out from under some of the blocks

to keep the board level

that was going to stretch from one railroad tie to the other.

Using concrete block and railroad ties to install a new deck @ DaisyMaeBelle

I measured the distance between the 2 railroad ties

and, had Home Depot cut them to size.

(Thanks to my sweet hubby who made the trip to Home Depot.)

I screwed the boards into the railroad ties on each side.

Using concrete block and railroad ties to install a new deck @ DaisyMaeBelle

Making sure that I could see the “rainbow” at the end of the board.

Using concrete block and railroad ties to install a new deck @ DaisyMaeBelle

There is my new deck.

So, I wonder. . .

Have you heard the joke,

“If you have a deck propped up on concrete blocks. . .

. . . You might be a redneck!”

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  1. Where did you find the holders for the pots. Love them.

    • Where I seem to find most things – a yard sale! 50 cents a piece! 🙂

  2. I love the lights. Are those outdoor-safe? Bought at Christmas or other time? We need/want lights for around pool this summer. Love your ideas!!

  3. wow, you have been busy!! that little deck looks awesome

  4. it’s so NOT redneck! very charming!

  5. Good Job!!

  6. That’s not redneck. It’s resourceful and creative. Looks great!

  7. Oh it is just gorgeous!!! Love it

  8. What a great and simple way to build a deck!

  9. What a fantastic idea!
    this is something that would seriously work at the bottom of the stairs near my pool(above ground)
    Now…just putting it into action! I love it!

  10. This is so clever- and your tutorial makes it look do-able 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is a great project! I would love it if you linked up to my Create It Thursday post…it’s live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-2-plus-features.html

  12. Melissa, the deck is great!. What’s the little house in the back used for? I’m new to your blog, maybe you’ve done a post in the past. I want to see more of it inside and out.


  13. Definitely not redneck girlfriend!:D I love this idea, I am going to try it out in my yard! I live in New Hampshire where the state bird should be rocks, well OK, or black flies! LOL! Anyway, I think given all the rocks this idea will work well… thanks bunches for sharing the idea with us!
    Beth P

  14. I love this! My husband and I are trying to find a way to put a deck into our back yard. Yours looks very cute. I hope you will check out my blog lovepastatoolbelt.com


  15. I want one, too. I think I can find a place and the materials. How do I make time to get ‘er done? Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  16. I love your new deck, looks fantastic! Great design!

    Take Care,

  17. We built a deck addition a few years ago and love it. Your place is so charming, and I love the plant materials you have throughout your yard- very welcoming!

  18. Nope,haven’t heard that redneck joke, or most any others either, where I live in SE Wisconsin. We have “up north” jokes instead, LOL! Great idea, and thank you for taking the time to make sure that your boards were “cupped” correctly. God loves my B-I-L who put in a one-day-wonder deck for me more years ago than I care to admit. It was supposed to be temporary and covered over an absolutely ugly spot of tromped down pea gravel that I’d been using as a patio for about 11 years… Well, the deck has survived wind and rain and blizzards and storms galore over the past 11 plus years since Fred installed it, but he didn’t pay attention to the way the boards were cupped, and the past few years the boards have curled UP more and more and more…. Time to have a new deck done. I guess Fred never watched This Old House on PBS, that’s where I learned abou the importance of which way “rainbow” is pointing. Smile = bad when screwing wood planks into a deck frame. Frown = good! Means the rainbow is pointing in the proper direction.

  19. Would love to have come over to Fishtail Cottage and share your post at this weeks Garden Party! Hope you are having a lovely weekend! xoxo, tracie

  20. Great project and the outcome is so perfect with your shed.

  21. Great weekend project and I think it’s fine to prop it up on concrete blocks.. Love the outcome! Can you share this at What to do Weekends also? I’d like that. Best wishes, Linda


  22. Believe me, girlfriend…that is NO redneck THANG….:))

  23. Well, I might not have fulfilled that redneck criteria yet, but now that I see what you did, maybe I will soon. Such a great idea!

  24. Fabulous, how easy and so perfect. Love this. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  25. This came at just the right time. I have a flower bed right by the patio that the kids always trampled. I dug out the plants about 5 years ago because hubby said he could put in a concrete pad to extend the patio. I can do something like this while he’s at work without having to dig out all the dirt from the beds. I’m even thinking I could do it with outdoor plywood and paint it to look like the surrounding brick pressed concrete patio.

  26. Well, I guess I’m a red neck! I love your deck! Looks so good!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Such a neat idea~ love it!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  28. I might be a redneck, too–because I just love your deck!! You are so stinkin’ clever.

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home! I really appreciate it.

  29. KNOCK ME OVER!!!!! How fantastic! I can’t wait to build a deck! Thanks for making it cheap and sharing!

  30. What kind of wood did u use to make your deck? Did u have to put anything on the wood to help it last thru the outdoor elements? I love ur ideas and this looks great in your yard.

  31. I just found your blog today and I am so glad I did. You are very talented and have made your house a home with a lot of creativity and fun. Love your style it is similar to my own. And that deck is awesome! I just love the things we can make out of wood. Well happy day to you! Thanks for sharing.
    Lindsay @ Country Girl Home

  32. Era tudo que eu precisava ler hoje…

  33. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all folks you
    really understand what you’re speaking about! Bookmarked.
    Kindly also seek advice from my site =). We may have a hyperlink alternate agreement between us

  34. After all this time how has the deck held up? Has any of the boards sagged at all? How are the railroad ties holding up?


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