Premier Deck Building Company
Brunswick County – NC
Do you dream of a perfect deck? Builders include a deck on new homes to give you a starting point. From here you can add your dream deck ideas, from built-in seating to planters and more, as people are spending more time outdoors.
Even if your first deck is an 8 by 10 pressure treated deck off the family room, you will begin to dream about deck ideas. The question is rarely if you’ll have a deck but more about the size of the deck, the deck design and how it compliments your home as well as the materials used for the deck and railings. With a builder deck, it’s common to extend the deck on the same level or sometimes the second deck at a different level which adds interest. Regardless of the deck, you start with, the deck design is your first priority, followed by picking materials.
Ideas on How You Will Use Your Deck
When you start planning your deck, it’s common to get confused about what looks good and the activities or functional requirements you have so your family will use the deck more in their day-to-day lives. A good way to make sure you don’t overlook things is to create a list of the activities you’ll use your deck for. The idea is to identify how much space you need, and other features like a grill for meal preparation.
This exercise will help you visualize how your family will use the deck. You’ll begin to see that you need more room to use the grill and set the dinner table at the same time, or you’ll consider how many neighbors will gather at your home.
Deck Designs that Support Your Family Activities
Most homeowners will start with a cooking corner and a comfortable area for family dining, which might be placed around the corner of the house to take advantage of a great view. The fun begins as you consider how many different activity spaces you want your deck to provide. There are thousands of deck plans to peruse to give you ideas for arranging your deck.
Older children prefer their own space so a multi-tier deck can provide needed separation while keeping youngsters within shouting distance. Play space for small children needs to be close to the door, as parents must keep an eye on elementary school children who can play independently.
Decks will also need to accommodate other backyard features like a spa or pool. As these activities won’t occur as frequently as cooking and eating outdoors, the decks surrounding these features can be further from your access door(s).
Deck Materials to Match Your Home and Budget
It’s time to pick materials once you’ve decided on the design for your deck. Traditionally decks have been built of wood which offers lots of flexibility in adding built-in features like seating, storage, and flower boxes. As wood requires ongoing maintenance (cleaning, staining, and sealing), new composite and vinyl components have become more popular.
When picking your deck materials, factor in the initial material and installation costs plus ongoing maintenance. You’ll quickly see that after several years, a composite deck might actually cost less. You can also use different materials for the deck flooring and railings, so one way to balance the budget is to use wood flooring which is easier to stain and a composite or vinyl for the railings.
Deck building process
To build your deck, you need to include a deck layout, the framing plan, and a material list. Deck designs are comparable to house designs, letting you make decisions on paper where it’s easy and inexpensive to make changes. Deck design software lets you experiment with different layouts and view the designs in 3 dimensions. While you will focus on your deck layout, or top-down view similar to a floor plan, your deck design will also include a framing plan that describes the underlying support structure for your deck.
Start with Picking the Deck Type
There are many different types of decks used to enhance a home and the lifestyle of those who live there. A deck is basically an outdoor floor attached to a home which is made of wood or wood-like material. Your choice of a deck type will be based on available space surrounding your home, your home’s style and the key lifestyle features your deck will include a pool or spa.
All decks can have one or more of the following characteristics:
* Decks are either attached to your home or free-standing. While a free-standing deck requires more support piers near the house, the benefit is you won’t have to worry about drainage and water damage along the ledger board used to attach decks to houses.
* It is also open or covered with a roof or pergola that provides partial shade.
* Covered decks may be open on the sides or enclosed with screens or a combination of screens and walls.
There are many factors that influence your deck’s location and design:
* Most homes have space for a deck to extend out from the house, covering part of the backyard or possibly a side yard. Be aware that local zoning may have setback requirements for where your deck can sit on your property.
* Not always a disadvantage, the slope of your backyard may suggest a multi-level deck design, with steps connecting the different decks to each other, the house and the ground.
* Views from the deck might influence where you build your deck. Balconies are popular outside a master bedroom and roof decks provide similar views without needing extra ground coverage to support them.
* A front deck or porch might be your ideal location based on the views from this location.
* Decks need not be adjacent to your home. Pool and spa decks are often set further back in the yard to separate activities and position the pool on the level ground. Gazeboes are also placed away from the home to integrate them into the landscape design and/or create an oasis of peace and quiet.
Decks Can Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal
One of the earliest types of decks was the front porch, a place where people could relax informally outside the house. Porches were in a sense, the first form of air conditioning because you could escape the heat of indoors and hopefully catch a breeze outside.
Most porches include a roof and one of the most popular porch styles is the wrap-around porch that invites interaction with neighbors in front of your house while providing more private space on the side of your home.
Another type of front porch is the entrance porch or portico. A portico leads to the entrance of a building, providing a roof structure over a walkway which is supported by columns and may be enclosed by walls. Porticos date back to ancient Greece and serve public buildings like the United States Capitol well, protecting visitors from the elements.