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DIY Deck Designer®
  • Begin with 70+ sample decks or create your own
  • See your new 3D deck design on your very own house
  • Print custom shopping list & plans

Powerful Enough For The Pros. Easy Enough For The Do-It-Yourselfer.

So, you’re not sure. That happens, even with the pros. You’re not sure if you want a shrub or a fruit tree on the north side of the deck. Or if the decking boards should have redwood. Hot tub? Will a gas grill fit in that corner near the landscaping? With Big Hammer Deck Designer, you can view it all – from the decking pattern to furniture, hot tubs, or grills. Pick up the deck and spin it in 3-D. With our free deck design software, you’re a pro deck designer.

Big Hammer Deck Designer allows you to explore all kinds of decking ideas:
  • Add trees, shrubs and ground cover landscape
  • Home and photo visualization
  • Multiple decking patterns and framing
  • Multi-view, with realistic shading and 3-D rotation
And if you want to show a friend your creation, you can email your design directly from Deck Designer.

Design Your Dream Deck. We’ll Help.

Need some DIY inspiration? Choose from over 70 deck templates and customize the template to fit your needs. Or, if you’re really feeling it, design a deck freeform with pencil-style method of drawing design. Then, choose the materials for your deck by classification, lumber size and grade.

When you’re happy with your design, Big Hammer Deck Designer will give you a list of every material you’ll need to make your vision a reality. Everything down to the last screw.

Plan A Deck Engineered To Last.

Big Hammer Deck Designer offers more than just pretty pictures of your deck – you enter the weights and the system designs the deck appropriately. And when you’ve completed designing your deck, print out the materials list and design for submission to your local government for permits.

Build Your Dream.

You'll Have Loads Of Options With Our Deck Design Free Software

Over 70 Deck Templates
  • Platforms
  • Pool & Hot Tub Decks
  • L-Shaped Decks

Complete Shopping List

  • Quantity To Buy
  • How To Use Each Item

Construction Method

  • Choose Footing Type
  • Decking Direction
  • Set Deck Loading
  • Choose Joist Spacing
  • Select Joist & Beam Overhang
  • Set Decking Gaps
Different Deck Materials
  • Several Types of Wood
  • Vinyl & Composite Materials
Stairs Options
  • Wraparound Stairs
  • Build With / Without Risers
  • Choose Styles
  • Choose Spacings
Multiple Views
  • 3D
  • Plan
  • Post Layout
  • Dimensioned
DXF Output
Printed Output
  • 3D View
  • Project Specifications
  • Dimension Views
  • Joist/Beam Layout
Designer Corner

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System & Application Requirements

First Time User?
We need to make sure your computer has the required Microsoft® components installed.

Operating System Prerequisites
NOTE: This is a high-end graphical application that requires a newer PC and additional Microsoft© components.
Required Software Components
  • Big Hammer Security Certificate
  • .NET framework 3.5 SP1 Client Profile
Hardware & Software Requirements
NOTE: Internet Explorer must be set as your default browser.
Recommended System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows 7®, Windows Vista or Windows XP® Service Pack 3
  • Intel® Core2 Duo® processor or AMD Athlon™ 64x2
  • 2048 MB RAM
  • 2 GB of available hard-disk space on System Drive
  • nVidia GeForce™ 9 series or ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series video card w/ Open GL 1.4 & Direct X9
  • Broadband internet connection > 2Mbps
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device w/ scroll wheel
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • .Net framework 3.5 SP1
Minimum System Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP® Service Pack 2
  • Intel® Pentium®4 2.0 GHz processor or AMD Athlon™ 2000+
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • 1 GB of available hard-disk space on System Drive
  • Discrete nVidia or ATI video card w/ Open GL 1.2
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • .Net framework 3.5 SP1
Additional Notes:
  • Mac is not supported.
  • Intel Integrated Video is not supported.
  • For the best 3D experience, you should update to the latest video drivers (see your video card manufacturer’s website).