I know it doesn’t take a master craftsman to plan and build a fabulous deck for my home. But I also know that it does, however, require a great deal of patience, time, energy and thought. The tips included here will help you reduce your level of stress that you might experience as you start the process of constructing a deck to be added to your home.
First, consider the materials that you want to use on your deck, research both pressure treated lumber and the newer composite decking materials, I know that composite is more costly up front but in the long run, for me I think it is a better choice. I don’t want to have to maintain the deck with cleaning it an then restaining it on an annual basis. Both materials have benefits, so be sure to do your due diligence before making any decisions.
Draw out a rough sketch and write down the dimensions for each side etc. Make sure to measure the area several times to be sure that your measurements are accurate. Then you want to add extra to your total square footage to make sure you have enough . If you end up having to get your supplies at different times, your run the risk of the wood or composite decking materials may not matching in color quite as closely as you would like. Taking time out to make multiple trips to the lumber yard or big box store to get what you need to complete the job you did not get the first time around adds up and can make a project seem so much longer. Trust me. LOL
Try to keep the design plans of your deck and your railings as simple as possible. If your plan is intricate the more difficult and time consuming the project ends up being. A simple, yet esthetically pleasing deck design makes for a cleaner looking backyard space.
Friends and family members will likely be willing to assist you in completing a project of this magnitude, at least in the beginning. It will make the project much easier to finish with some helpful hands and more fun to do with friends and family helping. Make sure to offer the ones who offer their help a nice meal, and plenty of drinks as a thank you. Perhaps once the deck is completed, have a barbeque in their honor to properly thank them and let them know how much you appreciate them.
One thing to consider before you purchase any building materials is to check your local building codes. Make sure and ask about the permits that you might need before you begin your deck area construction. You might be surprised at the different building codes in place such as how far the railing rungs are spaced, the angle of the steps etc. Check your local courthouse for the information you need before beginning your build. Also if you live in an area with a homeowner’s association, don’t forget you may need to submit the plans to them for approval also. Some homeowners associations are strict about compliance.
Don’t use nails for your decking, use screws. Be sure to buy enough galvanized screws to finish the job . Now is not the time to pinch pennies when it comes the actual items that will hold your deck together.
Having a deck is a wonderful way to add outdoor enjoyment, it is an extension of your living space. It is one of the things I love most about my home. I come home every day from a long day at work and just hang out on my deck for about 15-20 minutes just to unwind.
I know you will enjoy yours just as much.