Building a deck can be a great way to add value to your home and create an outdoor living space for entertaining and relaxing. However, before you start building, there are a few important things to consider to ensure that your deck is safe, functional, and meets your needs. In this post, we’ll explore the top 9 things to know before building a deck.
1) Size of the deck
The Size of the Deck: The size of the deck will depend on the purpose of the deck and the size of your yard. It’s important to consider the proportion of the deck with the size of your house and backyard.
When determining the right size for your deck you’ll need to consider these things:
- Is it for entertaining?
- Is it for outdoor dining?
- Is it used as a pool or spa surround?
- Is it for outdoor privacy?
- Is it used as a place for container gardening close to the house?
- How many people will it need to accommodate?
- The size of your patio furniture, hot tub, grill, etc.
Answering all of these will help you determine the size of your dream deck. Check out our “what is a good size for a deck” blog for more ideas.
2) The type of deck design
Most importantly, consider the size of your house before deciding the size & design of your deck. A deck that is too large can dwarf your house, a deck that is too small will get lost. If Your house is 1000 sq. feet the largest you might want to go with your deck is 500sq feet.
3) Location is everything
Sometimes it’s apparent where a deck should go but other times, there may be more than one possible location. If that’s the case, how you want your deck to function will determine which spot will be ideal for its location.
In addition, think about these considerations when determining a deck’s location:
- Scaling the deck to the size of your property
- Tracking microclimates that will affect your deck’s level of comfort
- Placing the deck in sun and shade for comfort
- Determining wind patterns that can affect usage
- Maximizing scenic views
- Creating privacy from neighbors
- Having easy access from deck to house
It is important to consider a variety of deck plans before moving ahead with construction.
4) Maintenance and upkeep
Will you mind spending money & time every year upkeeping your deck? If you do, then you might want to consider a maintenance-free route with steel and composite. This may not seem like a big deal in influencing your decisions regarding your deck BUT it may save you thousands of dollars over the years. Our metal deck framing page may be a great option for you!
5) Have you determined your budget?
Now that you have figured out the function, size, design, and location of your deck, you must figure out your budget and see if all the amenities you would love to have on the deck fit in the budget. Knowing your budget will give you a realistic idea of what materials you decide to build with.
6) Deck Materials
- You can build with steel framing or composite (steel framing vs wood framing)
- You can use composite or pvc boards
- You can build with composite, frameless glass railing
After you have established all your personal preferences it is time to consider external factors.
7) Time of the season
The season you decide to build your deck may affect pricing, availability and material availability. Build in the summer and you may find the cost high because of high demand. Availability may be hard to find because of high demand and material scarcity may be high as well. To avoid these problems, consider getting a design and pulling permits during the winter and spring so that when summer comes you are ready to go.
8) Have you chosen the right contractor?
When choosing the right builder for your project, make sure that you go with someone that has at least these three certifications.
Picking a company with these things will help you avoid headaches and reduce liability. Read up on our “avoid buyers remose, start with a consultation” blog to educate yourself.
This one may help also:
“The Ultimate Deck Builder Vetting List”
9) Paperwork can take a while!
Know that building a deck comes with a process. Once you have picked the ideal company, they can not just start building the next day. (If they say they can, don’t hire them). Also, make sure you guys sign a contract so that you are protected. Whether it’s you or the company. You’ll need to file for a permit with your city/village. This process takes anywhere from 15-30 days!
Bonus Tip! The Construction Process
Once the permit is approved, construction may begin. A deck may take anywhere from 2-4 weeks or more to complete depending on the size and details of the project.
Here are some key elements to consider:
- Digging Holes
- Pouring Concrete
- Setting the post & ledger
- Fine tuning details
Luxury outdoor living spaces
Creating a luxury outdoor living space is a great way to enhance your home’s value and enjoy the beauty of nature. A well-designed deck or patio with high-end finishes and comfortable seating will allow you to entertain guests, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. Luxury outdoor living spaces often include features such as an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, hot tub, or even a pool. These spaces are designed to be an extension of your indoor living space, with the added benefits of natural light and fresh air. The use of premium materials such as wood, stone, and metal will give a sense of luxury, durability, and elegance. With a little creativity and the right design choices, you can turn your backyard into a luxurious and functional outdoor living space.
Things to keep in mind
When planning your luxury outdoor living space, it’s important to keep in mind the purpose of the space and how you envision using it. Consider the size and layout of the space, as well as the type of furniture and accessories you’ll need to make it comfortable and functional. It’s also important to think about the overall aesthetic and how it will complement your home’s existing architecture. You can choose from a wide range of materials, styles, and design elements to create the perfect luxury outdoor living space for your home. Additionally, you should consider the maintenance and upkeep of the materials you choose, as well as the climate conditions that you will have to face in your area. A luxury outdoor living space is an investment that will provide you with many years of enjoyment and increase the value of your home. A great resource is backyard deck ideas
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If you’re ready to get started right now, give Ace of Decks a call! We are here to assist you in planning, designing, and carrying out your ideas.
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