Tips to Create the Ideal Deck

A deck is an ideal add-on to have to your home. Read here to find your starting point.

Having a deck on your home opens up a number of different possibilities. With a deck, you are able to spend more time outside. Grill on the weekends and have some friends come to visit. Get some sun and read your favorite book. Watch the stars after the sun sets. A deck is an oasis for your home, and it could quickly become the favorite spot for you and your entire family. However, you need to make sure that you build a deck that works well for your needs and that suits your budget. The following are some tips that will help ensure that you get the right deck for you.

 

Wood Deck Design with Bench
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Look at Your Space

Even before you start looking at designs for decks, you need to consider how much space you have and where the deck will connect to your house. This will determine the size of the deck you can build, and it will give you a better idea of how it will actually work with the house. While you might be hiring professionals to build your deck, you may still want to take some measurements of your own. This will make it easier to choose designs that you know will fit, and it’s essential if you plan to add the deck on your own.

 

In addition, you have to think about how you plan to use the deck. What are you going to do on the deck? Do you want to add an outdoor kitchen, or do you only need some space for your grill and a table where everyone can eat? Are you going to use the space to entertain a large number of people? Once you consider how you will use the deck, along with the amount of space you have for the deck, it will become much easier for you to choose the designs that will work the best for you.

 

Landscape architect design
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Consider the Materials

There are a number of different types of wood that you can use, and some may be more to your liking than others. Some may need to have more care and maintenance as well, so research the options that you like the most to see what you will need to do in order to keep the deck in tiptop shape. For example, many decks are going to need to be resealed about once a year so the wood does not start to rot. If you do not think you will have enough time to care for the deck properly, then you might want to choose composite materials that will need less maintenance.

Composite decking board with mounting material
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Composite decking plank with fastening material

 

Matching the Aesthetics

While the deck doesn’t need to match the house exactly, you will likely want to make sure it flows nicely with the home. Think about the style of the house and try to find a deck that matches as much as possible.

 

Back of the cedar house with deck and a green lawn
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Talk With Professionals

If you are determined to build the deck on your own, then you can skip this tip. However, tackling a deck on your own is difficult if you have never done it before. When you talk with the professionals about the deck, make sure you look at previous work they’ve done and try to get some references, so you can be sure you are working with someone who deserves your time and money.

 

Portrait of a contractor working at a house and smiling
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The idea of building a deck is very exciting, but you never want to leap before you do plenty of looking and researching. Understand what you can afford, what your space will allow, and what you actually need to create the ideal outdoor space. Once you have your deck in place, make sure you take care of it properly so it lasts for many years to come.



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