Considering adding a deck to your home? A deck gives you an incredible, highly-functional outdoor living space where you can enjoy the great outdoors, bask in the sunshine, host, parties and play with kids…all without leaving behind all the comforts of home. However, prior to the start of construction, you’ll need to consider several key factors, from pricing options right down to who will complete the installation.
When planning your deck construction, consider your return on investment as well. Installing a deck can be a valuable project when it comes to reselling your come. Not only will you enjoy it, it is a major draw to future buyers. A deck is one of the most cost effective means of increasing the value of a property prior to putting it on the market. According to the 2019 Cost vs Value Report by Remodeling, deck installation is the fourth most valuable home addition in terms of the average cost of the job compared to the average resale value and overall return on investment.
Like all construction jobs, the cost to build a deck can fluctuate quite a bit, factors like labor, materials, deck size, customizations, and design are just a few elements to consider. In order to get a general estimate for your build, it’s critical to take your time and think through your options. In this guide, we will explore what to consider when you start making a budget.
If you build the deck yourself, it will very likely have a lower up-front cost. Simple platform decks have a clean, classic appeal and they're relatively easy to build. However, if you want something more detailed than a simple platform, your project might require professionals. Consider whether you want the deck built quickly, if you have the tools required for the job, and whether you can take the time to do it yourself. You’ll also need to be able to follow permitting guidelines, understand the required spacing of posts and bearers, and be sure you can complete the work safely.
If your main goal is to get an awesome deck for minimum spend, keep in mind that if you tackle a DIY job without the right skills and tools, you could end up spending thousands for a deck that is missing the professional finish. Be honest with yourself about your level of ability and whether you have the know-how to design a deck as well as build it.
Budget how much you’re willing to spend, then discuss your ideas and concerns with a builder. When looking for a builder, it’s best to look at examples of their previous work and, if possible, get a couple of quotes. Seek out a builder with great reviews and experience to ensure yours will be in good hands.
Part of planning a deck is choosing from the many available decking materials. The look and design of your deck surface, as well as the overall cost, will depend on the materials you use. Once upon a time, selecting a decking material was a simple process because wood was the only choice available. Today, other options range from composite to plastic, bamboo, fiberglass, PVC, and even fire resistant decking. Traditionalists might always see wood as the ultimate decking material, but the new alternatives offer many enticing benefits, including longevity and low maintenance. Some of the most popular options are included in our list below.
The materials you use for deck customizations like deck railings, stairs, and enclosures are also important. Depending on your deck plan and design, you’ll need to keep these elements in mind when mapping out your overall budget.
A well-designed deck should be an expression of how you live. Your deck should be large enough to comfortably handle all the activities you want to take place on it. Additionally, make sure the deck design accounts for your home’s windows and doors and won’t conflict with the deck’s railing.
Keep in mind that single platform decks are usually easier to build and are more cost-effective. Raised decks will require extras like railings and more structural support for safety. If you want to save money, choose a simple style that will fit your needs. If you are looking to make a larger investmet you may want to consider these lavish deck design styles:
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