Is a Deck Right for You? Seven Things to Think About When Building a Deck.

Building a deck

Ah, the humble deck. Is there anything more quintessentially suburban than a wooden platform in your backyard? But before you go all Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor and start firing up the power tools, here are seven things to think about when building a deck.


1. Your Budget

Let’s start with the most important question: do you have the moolah to build a deck? Decks can be expensive, especially if you want to go all out with fancy materials and add-ons. So before you start drawing up blueprints, make sure you have a realistic budget in mind.


2. Your Purpose

Why do you want a deck? Do you want a place to grill up some burgers and sip on lemonade? Or do you envision a massive outdoor entertainment space complete with a hot tub and a Tiki bar? Make sure your deck plans match your intended purpose.


3. Your Location

Location, location, location. Where you put your deck can be just as important as how you build it. Do you want it to be easily accessible from your kitchen or living room? Do you want it to be a secluded retreat tucked away in a corner of your yard? Think about the logistics before you start digging.


4. Your HOA

If you live in a neighbourhood with a homeowners association (HOA), you might need to get their approval before you build a deck. Some HOAs have strict guidelines about the size, materials, and placement of outdoor structures. Make sure you check with your HOA before you start building, or you might end up with a hefty fine.


5. Your Climate

Do you live in a place with harsh winters or scorching summers? If so, you might want to think twice about building a deck. Wooden decks can be prone to warping, splitting, and rotting in extreme weather conditions. If you do decide to build a deck, make sure you choose materials that can withstand the elements.


6. Your Maintenance

Speaking of weather, don’t forget about maintenance. Decks require regular upkeep, including power washing, staining, and sealing. If you’re not up for the task, you might want to consider other outdoor options.


7. Your Safety

Last but not least, think about safety. Make sure your deck is structurally sound and can support the weight of people, furniture, and other objects. And don’t forget about safety features like handrails and lighting.


That’s it for this one. I hope you found this helpful, and may your grill always be hot and your lemonade always be cold! Until next time.


Paul Nault
Owner, Nault Builders


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