Decks come in all shapes and sizes. Some have multiple levels with stairs while others may sit low to the ground. There are creative layouts with curves or clever architectural elements. Some have fancy railings or extra details like benches, balusters, planters, and more. There is no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to decks. The key is planning a deck that fits your outdoor space.
Questions to Ask Before You Build a Deck
There are several factors to consider before you finalize your deck design. Answering these questions now will ensure that you build an outdoor area that you will love and will meet all structural and legal requirements.
- What Is the Purpose of the Deck? – Is this deck intended for family barbecues? Will you use it to enjoy the occasional sunny afternoon or will you host parties with lots of people on it? This information can help you determine how to maximize your space and what features to include.
- What Do I Want It To Look Like? – You may already have an idea of what you want the deck to look like. If not, look at other decks for inspiration or come into John’s Lumber and speak to one of our specialists.
- What Is My Budget for This Project? – Budget is really important when building a deck. Know what you can spend, so you can find a way to balance cost and building materials.
- Do I Need a Building Permit? – Check with your local code enforcer to find out if you need to apply for a building permit.
- Are There Zoning or HOA Rules That Apply? – If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association, check for rules related to construction. Also, look for local zoning laws that might affect your project.