Planning a deck for your new home is easy if you answer a few questions and follow a few steps to help guide you. Before you can start the process you must define your budget to get a realistic scope of the project.
How will you use your deck?
Think about how you will use your deck to help you determine the best size and shape. For instance, if you enjoy outdoor entertaining you will want a large deck with room for plenty of seating. If you plan to have a pool or hot tub you might want to think about how they will fit into your space as well.
How much sunlight do you want?
You might be limited to where you can put a deck depending on your home’s orientation and your desired exposure to sunlight. Look at the space during different times of day to choose the most comfortable position based on your wants and needs. If the deck will be getting lots of sunlight you might want to add an awning into your budget!
Which decking material fits your lifestyle?
Real wood, pressure-treated wood, composite, PVC and vinyl decking are just a few of the most popular decking types. If you are looking for a low maintenance option you will likely go with a composite, PVC or vinyl deck that mimics the look of real wood without the associated upkeep. If you prefer a more natural and organic look but don’t mind painting or staining – you might consider hardwood or pressure treated wood.
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