Decks are a wonderful means of extending your living room space to the outside. This is especially good if you have a favorable climate for most of the year. When it comes to building a deck, more planning and consideration goes into it than an indoor bathroom. Aside from knowing whether you want an actual deck as opposed to a patio, you will need to consider budget, space to build it and the right professional contractor to do the job. Here is some helpful advice on how to build a deck on your home.
It’s all about Location
As in any remodeling or home construction project, location is key to ensuring you get the desired outcome. When it comes to building a deck, more often than not a limited property size will determine its size and location. If you have more space to spare, then you are blessed with more options on where to build it. Regardless, the location of your deck will be determined by the following factors: size of the lot, microclimates, presence of sun and shade, wind conditions, rain and snow conditions, relation to view, privacy and of course closeness to the main house. Nevertheless, if you have a home with a stunning view then that is where you should build the deck. Decks are great additions to any homes but a deck with a scenic view is so much better.
When it comes to constructing your deck, your budget to build it plays a role. Here are some of the factors that will affect the quality of your deck based on your available budget: size of the deck, intricacy of the design, presence of extras such as additional seats, railings, space for flowerboxes, quality of contractor services and selection of type of lumber used. One way to go around your budget constraints is to get creative. You can add a small deck next to an existing patio made of concrete, brick or other materials. This can drastically cut down your expenses but at the same time provide you with the look and functionality of a deck.
Wood is the original and preferred material for decks but there are other variants out there such as weather resistant woods like cedar, cypress and redwoods. There are also pressure-treated wood like treated lumber that feature wood with preservatives. Hardwood like teak and Ipe as well as the Brazilian hardwoods are also popular choices. There is also composite decking material, which is made from recycled plastic and wood fiber. You can also opt for plastic and aluminum that both utilize recycled materials.
Size, Shape and Design
The size of your deck will be determined by its location and of course your budget. If you have a small space then you get a small deck and so on and so forth. The shape of the deck is determined by the design of your home. It is recommended to follow the natural lines, proportions and architecture of your home so it looks like a natural extension or a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. Aside from being a functional area outdoors, an excellently designed deck should complement the beauty of your home. It should complement the architecture and coordinate well with the landscape design that surrounds it.
Added Railings, Privacy Fencing
The easiest to construct are the simple platform decks as they have a clean and timeless appeal. However, if the deck is more than a few feet off the ground then building regulations dictate safety features in the form of railings. If the deck is in a convenient area but most of the time hot due to the sun, some form of roofing might be necessary to add comfort and convenience. Privacy is also an important factor to consider when building your deck. Don’t want nosey neighbors prying on your family activities; privacy fencing does the trick quite well of preventing the view from a certain vantage point.