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Best Planning Practices for Building a New Deck to Fit Your Family Lifestyle

Trex Decking and Railing
Trex Decking and Railing

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024
Categories: Decking & Railing

Building a deck is an exhilarating endeavor that has the potential to transform your home’s outdoor area into a vibrant and functional extension. Whether you envision cozy family dinners under the stars, lively barbecues with friends, or lazy Sunday afternoons basking in the sun, a well-designed deck can serve as the heart of family life. Its allure lies not only in its practicality but also in the memories it will hold—laughter echoing, stories shared, and cherished moments etched into its wooden fibers. So, as you embark on this adventure, consider the possibilities, plan meticulously, and let your deck become a cherished space for generations to come.

Here are essential planning practices to ensure your deck meets both aesthetic and functional needs:

  1. Design Considerations
    • Family Activities: Think about how your family will use the deck. Do you need space for dining, grilling, or lounging? Consider dual-level decks with separate seating areas for versatility. 
    • Traffic Flow: Plan pathways and seating arrangements to allow smooth movement between different zones. 
    • Privacy and Views: Position the deck to maximize privacy while enjoying scenic views. 
  2. Local Regulations and Permits
    • Zoning Office: Check where you're allowed to build on your property and the maximum deck size. 
    • Building Codes: Ensure your design complies with local codes and regulations. 
    • Permits: Obtain necessary permits from your local Building Inspections Department. 
  3. Materials and Budget
    • Material Options: Research different decking materials (wood, composite, etc.) based on durability, maintenance, and aesthetics.
    • Budget: Set a realistic budget considering material costs, labor, and any additional features. 
  4. Safety and Functionality
    • Railings: Depending on deck shape and height, ensure railings meet safety codes. 
    • Stairs and Stringers: Plan stair placement and stringer construction. 
    • Footings: Properly spaced footings provide stability. 
  5. Consult Professionals
    • Contractor or DIY: Decide if you'll hire a contractor or tackle it as a DIY project. 
    • Architect or Designer: Consider professional input for complex designs.
    • Building Materials Dealer: Your local decking supply store will often have specialized deck-design software and trained experts to guide you through the design process and provide detailed printouts which can be used to secure building permits and provide guidance to whoever builds the deck.

Remember, a well-planned deck can become a cherished space for family bonding, relaxation, and outdoor enjoyment. Happy deck building!

Tagged:decking, deck lighting, deck safety, deck inspection

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