Since we have been at home longer since last year, the terraces have become an essential part of the house. Plus, building one from scratch is easier than it sounds.

Whether in the garden, patio, balcony or even the roof, the key to building a terrace is to make the most of the space you have, as well as to make more efficient the resources for its decoration.

Here’s how to build a deck at home from scratch.

Terrace at home

Whether in the garden, patio, balcony or even the roof, the terraces are an essential space to enjoy the outdoors, relax and spend time with family and friends.

Especially in large cities where space is smaller, terraces allow you to have a place to clear your mind and enjoy the environment.

However, building a terrace from scratch requires several steps beyond decoration, to ensure that it will withstand the weather and weight, if it is on the balcony or roof.

What steps must be followed to build a terrace?

There are several ways of planning to build a terrace from scratch. However, we list the most common to be able to create this space in the garden, patio, balcony or roof terrace.

Analyze and clean the space

First, you must analyze the space where you want to build the terrace: a large garden, a backyard, a small balcony or the roof of your house. Once with the characteristics and conditions of this, you can begin to plan the design and clean the area, if it is occupied by other objects.

Decide on the layout

Once the space has been analyzed, the design of the terrace must be decided , considering the spaces of light and shade, furniture, plants and decoration, relying on inspirational images from sites such as Pinterest or design and decoration magazines.

Above all, the issue of sunlight is important, since in case the space does not have shade, a curtain, umbrella or removable roof should be considered to protect the furniture and everything that is inside it.


An important aspect to take into account if you want to build your roof terrace or balcony is protection. Although there are several alternatives, the most common is to cover it completely with a dome or make a fence with a minimum height of one meter, to act as a barrier and thus avoid accidents.

Floor and green areas

Whether in the garden or concrete, it is important to take into account the floor for the terrace and if it will have green areas. The most common is to place a waterproof ceramic, stone or wood floor, to delimit the space and differentiate it from the rest of the house.

As for green areas, not necessarily all terraces should have them, however, it is advisable to include some plants and flowers or even artificial grass, as this is part of the decoration and helps create a relaxing environment.


Once you have the floor and the green areas, it is time to choose the furniture and furnishings, according to your needs. For example, if your terrace will be a relaxation space , it may be that an armchair and a small table or a couple of hammocks will be enough.