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Building a Deck - The Process Before Construction
When starting a deck building project there are many different aspects that one should take into account before hitting the first nail. For example: where are the property lines? What existing obstacles in the backyard do you have to work with? Do you need shade? What are the sun and wind patterns like for your area? Are you trying to get a view, or keep an existing one?
The main thing you must take into account is the number of people using the deck. A deck built for a family of 2 will differ in size, shape and design from a deck built for a family of 5. Once you have the number of people, you can determine the appropriate size of the deck you should be building - keeping in mind that each person needs about 25 square feet. How long you're planning on staying in the house is another important thing to ask yourself. To make your deck last 20 years or more, you'll want to invest in good quality materials, so it may cost more initially. But it will save you thousands of dollars later in not having to redo the deck in just a few years. Stainless steel hardware, concrete footings, clear BC cedar and some maintenance-free deck materials are just examples of products that could make your deck last much longer.
The last thing to take into account when designing and building your new deck is your personal preference. For example you can have a deck with railings, privacy screens, or built in lighting. Many people build their decks around their existing landscape or work in a built in BBQ or bar area. A fire pit is also so something to consider since is gives a nice rustic touch and adds an area for the family to gather around.
By looking at many pictures of decks and borrowing ideas from different projects, you can create your own custom-designed outdoor living area that will satisfy all your needs.
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