Will a deck improve the value of your home? If done right it sure can! Done right does of course apply to the right kind of wood, treating the wood, holding it all together with good quality deck screws, a good plan, the right tools and know-how and much more. And if you thought that a deck was just a deck… oh… you missed the boat.
Decks that are free standing – these decks tend to be the simplest to build. But… that means implementing sufficient structural support. Big time!
#4 Second Story Decks
Decks at a second story level – there is no rule that states that decks have to be at ground level. It feels a little like partying in a really fancy tree house.
#3 Pool Decks
Decks next to your pool – very popular with above ground pools, these decks are going to have to be smooth (for those bare feet) and will be perfect for soaking up some rays while the kids swim and play.
#2 Outdoor Kitchen Decks
BBQ decks – Grill Master time! Many of these tend toward a more rustic look than other types of decks. Goes with the territory I suppose.
#1 Wrap Around Deck
Decks that are similar to porches – a porch is a deck…of sorts. These can extend all the way around your house, if you like. And, if you have the room can change your home’s appearance dramatically.
Tips To Deck Building:
1. Do yourself a favor and make yourself a jig.
2. Carefully plan, measure, mark and cut your notching.
3. Use a jig for baluster spacing.
4. Get properly treated wood.
5. Make your deck multileveled for something unique.
6. A deck does not have to be square.
7. Think about creating a shady spot.
Lots of tips can be found online when it comes to the family deck. Don’t skimp on materials and supplies or you’ll be rebuilding that deck before you know it. (Or tearing it down.) Make sure you have a plan. Not just in your head, no… on paper. A blueprint, if you will. The biggest, most important step in building a deck is without a doubt measuring before you cut. Then, before you go ahead and make that cut… measure again. Then measure again!