A deck is the perfect outdoor addition to your home, but if you aren’t a designer, you may feel overwhelmed. A deck contractor can present you with the options, and you may surprise yourself with just how much of a deck designer you truly can be.
Your role in the deck design process is of utmost importance because, at the end of the day, it’s your house, your deck, and you will be the one living with it and enjoying it for years to come.
Contractors who specialize in deck building have seen hundreds of decks of all different materials, sizes, and styles. As a result, they can help guide you along the design process by giving you options, asking you about your design preferences, and working with you to help create a vision and bring it to life. Many people know exactly what they want in a deck, but many don’t. Your contractor will make every effort to ensure that, by the end of your project, your deck exceeds your expectations.
Determining the Deck Size and Location
Your contractor will be able to tell the best location for a deck based on your lot, house, and even the ground elevation. If you have a certain location in mind that isn’t suitable for construction, they can make recommendations about moving the proposed structure to ensure that it meets city code and is safe and structurally sound.
They’re also skilled in measuring and can lay out your ideal deck before it’s even built so that you can get a better idea of how big it will be and what it will look like and can make changes accordingly. They can also help you narrow down how exactly you want to use your deck so that it’s the right size and so it will fit any intended furniture.
Choosing Your Building Materials
Not only will a contractor help you design the deck and determine the best size and location, but your contractor can also help you choose the best building materials. You may have a certain type of building material in mind that may not be suitable for your climate and will not hold up over time. A contractor will provide you with the different building material options and the price variances of each so that you know how the choice will affect your project’s budget.
You’ll have the option of pressure-treated wood, composite decking boards, cedar, and hardwood. The contractor can provide you with the cost variances, the pros and cons of using each material, and what your upkeep will look like down the road. Then, you can make an informed decision that best aligns with your preferences and budget.
If you’re interested in building a new deck or tearing down an existing structure and replacing it with something more structurally sound and attractive, we can help. We will walk you through each step of this process and ensure that, in the end, you have the deck of your dreams. Contact us today at Blue Sky Decks to learn more about our services and begin the deck design process.