Decks are a great way to extend the outdoor living space and many homeowners like to take on the project themselves, however, it is vital to take the time to plan the deck building in order for it to be successful. With the many styles of decks to choose from, you can find one that fits the home’s style and your daily life. We at Regency Quality Construction would like to offer some suggestions to prepare you for your deck building project.
Don’t Over-Complicating the Deck Design
Be sure your skills and abilities is complementary to your skills and the home’s architecture after an honest assessment of your abilities and determine what you can handle, even if it is a bit of a challenge. Be sure to divvy the project into steps so you are not burnt out or overwhelmed. Instead of trying to get it all done at once, for example, install the pergola or storage options at a later time after the deck is finished.
Scale & Size Deck to House & Yard
Despite the impressiveness of a three-story deck it may not be flattering to your house or the space in your landscaping. While you are developing the design, make certain that your measurements are scaled and configured to your home and landscaping.
Research & Plan Design Ideas
You can check out countless websites and get ideas for how you want your deck with the internet at your fingertips. Look for materials, general design, and any features you are looking for.
Budget for Labor & Material Cost to Build a Deck
A DIY deck project costs vary, depending on the complexity of the deck design, and you also need to factor the cost of errors. Be sure to add 10%-15% on the principle for wiggle room after you add up the cost and your budget.
Match New Deck to Old House
Be sure the deck and home blend together. Instead of the deck looking like an extra puzzle piece and an afterthought, you want it to look like a whole unit. The deck should be an extension of your house’s style as incorporate its motif and patter into the deck.
Deck Color Schemes
Consider a visually striking color scheme as your finish your deck and the components such as rim joists, balusters, stair treads, posts, and skirting. From staining and painting that still looks stunning, the deck, no matter the material can feature many colors that are cohesive to your existing home’s exterior color scheme.
Beautiful Built In Deck Features
To help your deck come to life, implement some practical and gorgeous features like built-in planters, storage, and benches for instance. Add the freestanding furniture with weatherproof cushions, bright deck umbrellas, and/or potted plants to establish class and personal touches of the built-in features are a bit beyond your skillset.
Requirements for Deck Codes
The deck may need to follow strict codes and even require permits, depending on your area. Be sure to find out if the deck you have planned follows the criteria set by your county or city.