There are many reasons to consider building a deck this year. Adding a deck to your home provides extra living space out of an otherwise unused area, increases home value and gives you more reasons to spend time outdoors when the weather is nice.
Building a deck is easy, but does require some planning. Chances are, you have never gone through the process of building a deck before. Like other home projects getting started can seem a little daunting. In order to help you get started, here are some deck building tips from your specialty lumber company in Memphis, TN.
- DIY or contractor: One of the first choices you will need to make when beginning your deck building project is whether you will do the project yourself, or if you would rather work with a contractor. Doing the work yourself can save money, but should probably only be attempted if you have at least some previous experience with this type of project. Contractors can make the process easy by helping you with design and construction. When choosing a contractor, make sure they have experience building decks, are locally based, have a positive reputation and offer you a written bid before getting started. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but just remember: the earlier you make your decision, the easier it will be to move onto more important matters.
- Functionality: Decks are great for taking advantage of good weather, spending time with family and enjoying quiet meals outside. Planning a deck is partially based on functionality. Consider how your family will use this space. For grilling and informal gatherings with friends, you will need to be close to the kitchen and bathrooms. Those looking for sunbathing or a hot tub will need to determine the exposure to the sun, neighbors and roads before beginning construction. Think about functionality before starting your deck project.
- Design: Choose a deck plan that will complement your home, both in color and size. The deck should blend in seamlessly, and not act as an eyesore. Select wood tones to complement the exterior colors of your home. Think of all the elements that the deck will have to hold. Do some research online and talk to a contractor about various designs. Try and picture the final product, furniture and hot tub included, to make the designing stage easier. Decks are all about functionality, but aesthetics are important, too, so remember to spend adequate time planning the design.
- Materials: A practical choice you will need to make is which materials you will use for the deck. When choosing materials, remember to ask about durability, weather resistance and aesthetics. Also important here is resale value. Redwood and cedar materials have always been chosen for their many benefits, including strength, aesthetics and resistance to insects and severe weather. There are also vinyl materials and other woods that are often chosen for their low cost, among other reasons. Talk to a contractor or your specialty lumber company in Memphis, TN about which material you should choose for your new deck.
Visit Bolen-Brunson-Bell Lumber Co. to learn more about how choosing the right specialty lumber can help you design and build the perfect deck for your family.