I want to build a small deck in my backyard, and go the “easiest” and “cheapest” way possible.
So far I am envisioning to just create a frame (with 2×4 or 2×8?) and put decking boards on it: Photo
Questions that I have are:
if I lay the deck wooden frame on the earth (after flattening and compressing the ground first), will that work or am I missing something?
what frame would you recommend? use of 2×8? or thicker frame on edges?
Should I use brackets between the horizontal and verticals pieces of woods? Where should I place the bracket? Or screws should work just fine?
Should I add legs to the structure, or the entire structure can just “sit” on the ground?
Thank you for your help and recommendations!