Long time DIY'er. I've done a little bit of everything through the years and know enough that ask the experts when starting a new project to help eliminate errors and save time.
I plan to build a cedar deck (approx 16'x20') with a gazebo just off one corner. The deck will have clipped corners (45 deg) and a center section that cantilevers out a few feet so it will not be a simple rectangle (I know... I can never do anything simple).
My question is; What is the best method to install "picture frame" decking pattern?
I plan to use 2 or 3 deck boards running around the perimeter of the deck and a matching 2 or 3 board center divider bisecting the deck for the frame. The field boards will be installed inside the frame on a diagonal.
Is it best to install all diagonal field decking, then cut the ends and install the frame boards last? OR install the frame boards first and cut each diagonal field board as you go? OR Option 3 whatever that is...
Any help, advice, tips would be greatly appreciated!