Planning a Deck

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated February 6, 2015)

Decks are quickly becoming a necessity in today's home market. Quite often, the added outdoor living space can help you either sell a house or hold the social event of the year. With the advent of such things as outdoor living rooms and outdoor kitchens, it is readily apparent that this trend to migrate outside is only going to increase.

In order to make your dream a reality when you are planning a deck, use some simple steps. It won't matter if you are trying to update a deck that badly needs it or you are contemplating a completely new addition to your house, the steps are the same.

  • Location. First of all, before you decide what to build, you need to decide where to build. Location is going to play a large role in the final cost of your project, as well as have an impact on the cost of your home.
  • Size. How large of a deck do you want to have? There are some homes that have a deck so large that it rivals the floor space of the home. Consider, and plan accordingly, what size is going to work best for you and your family.
  • Design. Do you want a single-story deck to go with your three-story home? Or would you rather have a multi level deck that touches on all the home's levels? How about a design that has multiple entertainment areas or areas that are dedicated to cooking, entertaining and maybe play? Whatever your final decision, draw out a rough idea that can serve as the basis for blue prints later on.
  • Materials. Take a look at the different types of building materials that are available. Consider what you are capable of spending initially, as well as what you are apt to spend in time and money for upkeep. Write down your options.
  • Build. Decide if you are going to build you deck yourself or if you are going to have a contractor do it for you. There is no right or wrong decision on this one, as there are positive and negative aspects of each. Just use your notes from the previous steps to help you reach your decision.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Cleaning Your Engine

Engines get dirty. It's in their nature. The dirtier they get, the worse they run. Conversely, the cleaner your engine, ...

Discover More

Painting Treated Wood

Treated wood is a common choice among many homeowners as the material of choice when building things like decks. However, ...

Discover More

How to Steam Asparagus

Asparagus can be a wonderful vegetable dish, as long as you know how to prepare it properly. After all, how many other ...

Discover More

Find the Right Tool Right Away Finally, a homeowner's set that includes all the tools needed to complete basic DIY projects at an affordable price! The tools are stored in a molded case for security and portability. Check out Stanley 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit today!

More Home Improvement Tips

Fixing Squeaky Stairs

Knowing the parts of a staircase will help if you ever need to speak with a repairman about fixing them. This article ...

Discover More

Building TV Stands

TV stands are designed to be wonderful pieces of furniture that hold and support our televisions while we watch them. As ...

Discover More

Building a Playscape

Building a playscape can be just as easy as building a playground, all that you need to do is think a little more about ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is nine more than 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured home improvement tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)