You’re all sitting in your favorite lounge chair, reading the latest book and sipping something cool. The smell of your favorite BBQ luring everyone from the grill. Getting some sunshine has never felt better. When it’s warm, the outside deck is a great place to do that.
As an extension of your home, a deck can give you a nice place to hang out outside when the weather is nice. A well-made outdoor decks can be one of your favorite parts of your home, whether you just want to hang out and relax, have people over, or play with your kids or pet. If you know about important things to think about when designing and planning your deck, it will be a successful project.
Here are some things to think about when building the right deck for your home:
1. Where should your deck be placed?
A good deck design is one in which the deck fits in with the rest of your backyard without being too big or obvious. If you’re lucky enough to have a great view, use it to your advantage and find the deck so you can enjoy it. If you don’t have a great view, maybe you could put your deck near a lovely garden tree. You might want your deck to be in the shade or face south, where the sun shines all day. Is it hard to get privacy from your neighbors? Do you live near a busy street? Does the noise bother you? If so, and if you don’t have a lot of room, you might want to use shrubs, walls, or fences to solve the problem.
2. Will the deck be connected to your home?
If you want to put your deck near the living room, it could be a problem if people walking on the carpets will get them dirty and make it hard to watch TV or talk. When eating outside on the deck, it will be easier to move food and dishes back and forth if the deck is next to the kitchen. You can make the outdoor decks
look even more inviting from the kitchen by adding sliding glass doors. Would it be possible to have two doors that lead from different rooms to the deck? The best and most efficient way for people to get on and off the deck will be through two doors.
3. Do you want a destination deck?
The deck doesn’t have to be attached to your house; it can be a separate place to go. If your yard goes into the woods, it might make sense to put the deck near some beautiful trees. If your property is next to a lake or pond, you might want to put your deck so that it goes out into the water. What about a roof deck if you have a flat roof, like over a garage? There are so many options!
4. How will your deck be used?
If your yard is small and you don’t plan to have a lot of people over, you probably don’t need a big deck. Your home and property size, the number of people in your family, and the size of your deck should all fit together well. You shouldn’t have a small house on a small lot with a big deck. The parts should fit together well. If you have a big house on a big lot, you shouldn’t build a small deck.
5. Are you considering dividing your deck into different areas?
For example, you could have an area for lounging, sunning or reading and another area for dining, entertaining and cooking. Involve your family and make a list of the activities you would like to have. You may want to include a section for children’s games and playtime. Have a good idea of how traffic will flow on the deck and in your backyard. Understand how family, friends and pets will be walking from the front of the house to the backyard, from the garage to the kitchen, from the greenhouse or tool shed to the garden and so on. If you are going to have a deck area for relaxation, you don’t want all the traffic coming out of the house to merge into this area.
6. What shape deck is best for your home?
Think about using different shapes when making your outdoor decks. Keep the design simple, but don’t be afraid to add a few angles. For example, add curves or diagonal lines to the deck plan to connect two square or rectangular spaces. Paths, paved surfaces, stairs, arbors, gazebos, or even a water pond can be used to connect the different parts. Use planters or flower pots with pretty plants, overhead structures or trellises, benches, and steps to connect different parts of your backyard. Even if you aren’t good at gardening, you can still make a low-maintenance landscape with shrubs and other plants that don’t need much care. Formal landscapes are more even and use straight lines and geometric shapes. Informal styles have more curves and less symmetry. For example, wooden decks are often found in informal settings.
7. Do you hire a deck designer, do you use deck plans or do you design the deck yourself?
If you can find plans that you like, you might want to use them. Using deck plans that have already been built successfully is one of the best ways to make building a deck easier. If you need to make some changes to make the plans fit your needs and home, it will likely be cheaper to do that than to start from scratch. Unless you live in a very rural area, you will need to check with your local building department to find out what rules and requirements apply in your area, especially if you are designing and building the deck yourself. If you’re not sure how to do it, you might want to hire a professional deck designer and a professional deck builder.
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