There is nothing quite like a good BBQ on a hot Summer’s day or simply relaxing in the evening sun outdoors. To do this at home you need a deck or patio. If you are thinking of having a deck built onto your home what should you be taking into consideration? Here are some pointers for planning the perfect deck.
Your Surroundings – Do you want your new deck to become the focal point of the existing landscape around your home or do you want it to blend in with the scenery? You should also consider the proximity of your neighbors. Building the ultimate party deck fifty feet away from your elderly neighbor’s bedroom window will probably not prove popular. You should also consider your own privacy. How comfortable will you be sunbathing on your new deck if all the traffic on a nearby highway can see you?
The Weather – When deciding what kind of building materials you should be using to create your deck you must take the typical weather conditions for your area into consideration. For instance, a redwood deck is a spectacular looking and popular choice, but in wetter climes the wood tends to blacken quickly as most redwoods do not react to excessive moisture as well as other materials.
Uses – Do you intend to use your deck primarily for showcasing your skills in the area of BBQ cuisine? Then a deck built off the kitchen is most likely the perfect choice for you. If, on the other hand you have visions of hot tubs and romantic evenings spent watching the sun go down a “floating” deck built away from the house itself may be a better alternative.
When it is time to get down to the actual design and construction of your new deck, unless you are extremely confident in your D.I.Y. skills and have several weekends to spare as building a deck is not a quick job, it is time to call in the professionals.
As with any other remodeling job, you should carefully research your options when it comes to finding a reputable deck builder in your area. Ask for references and photographs of previous projects that the company has undertaken. Because they are outside structures you can often do a “drive by” to look at the company’s previous work in the area without having to bother the homeowner too much.
Because you are altering the exterior of your home when commissioning a new deck, almost certainly you will need specific building permits and planning permission before the work begins. The deck builder you choose should be able to help you here but you may want to check into the issue yourself to be sure that your plans do not conflict with any local guidelines and zoning laws. It would certainly spoil your summer fun if, having built your deck ten feet too far to the left or accidentally encroaching on someone else’s property, you are ordered to tear it all down.