Building a deck in your backyard is the perfect way to give yourself more living space at home and create an inviting area to enjoy the outdoors. Adding a deck also adds value to your home. Whether you want to add a simple deck to sit outside and enjoy the view or an elaborate outdoor entertaining space built to hold all of your friends and family for weekend get togethers, planning is the key to getting the perfect deck for your home. Here are some professional tips that will help you create the perfect deck for your backyard.
1. Choose The Right Location
When it’s time to choose the location of your deck consider the purpose of the deck and look for the right space according to the function that you want. If you want a deck to create a private space to unwind or enjoy coffee in the morning building it off the master bedroom is a good idea. But if you want a place to have all of your friends and family over for a barbecue building the deck off the of the kitchen where it’s easily accessible is the best plan. Wherever you decide to install your new deck, make sure that you use a good deck calculator and plan the spacing accordingly.
2. Don’t Skimp On Materials
Decks will last for a long time if they are properly built and if the quality of the materials used is high. Building a deck is not a place to try and skimp to save money. Plan on having your deck built using the highest quality materials that you can afford. Remember that an inexpensive deck isn’t actually that cheap, because you will end up putting in a lot of work into maintaining it and you will need to replace it relatively quickly.
3. Incorporate A Fire Pit
Fire pits are very on trend right now and they are a must for any new deck. Adding in a fire pit later on will be expensive and time consuming. It’s best to work a fire pit into the design of the deck so that you don’t have to add one later on. Adding the fire pit at the time of construction will also make the fire pit look cohesive with the rest of the deck.
4. Add Shade
Shade is an important element for any deck. Sure, you can buy outdoor furniture with umbrellas but umbrellas break and they’re not that reliable. They also don’t add beauty to your deck the way a dedicated shaded area will. A pergola built into the deck gives you a lot of options for shade. You can use plants to create a living shade canopy of vines and flowers. Or you can add Roman shades to the pergola to create a cool shaded area. You can also incorporate lights and other hanging elements to create a truly beautiful outdoor space. Exterior beadboard is another, modern option for a durable and classy shading solution that resembles hardwood without the maintenance.
5. Invest In A Professional Contractor
No deck should be DIY. A deck is something that you’re adding onto your home that you want to last for many years and be safe for all of your family members and guests. Always work with a professional contractor who has experience designing and building decks to ensure that your deck is safe and will look great and meet local codes.
A deck will double your enjoyment of your home by giving you the perfect setting to enjoy your yard and outdoor space. It’s a great investment to make in your home and your happiness.
Matt Lee, the author, is the owner of the Innovative Construction and Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.