Planning your custom deck

Building decks for existing homes takes a perfect blend of planning and imagination. Homeowners should understand that adding a deck to your home requires building permits that must be obtained before you start. Contact your local building codes department to determine what permits are necessary. If you hire a contractor, the contractor will usually apply for the permit; make sure that is spelled out in your contract. If you belong to a homeowner’s association, you may need to submit plans for acceptance by the board.

When planning the size and location for your deck, take into consideration the times of day that you are most likely to be using the deck. Decks serve many purposes, and your main usage has much to do with its location. You must decide if it will be a kitchen extension, a privacy retreat, a play area for the kids, or used for star gazing. Choose a location and design that will make sure you get the most out of your deck.

Not all decks need to be directly attached to the home. You may be enticed to build a free-standing deck or gazebo that can be placed anywhere in your yard.

Location and style

You may choose to place your deck in the middle of your garden area, specifically to enjoy your flowers. Free-standing decks can serve as a private getaway from the commotion inside the house. You can add a pergola and trellis to add privacy to either your free standing or attached deck. After you figure out what you want and where you want it, you will need to decide what kind of material you would like for your deck. There are many types of building materials from which to choose; the most popular choices are standard wooden decks or composite materials. Railings can be made from the same material or from metal.

Call the local underground marking service to check your placement and to make sure that you will not be digging posts near any underground utility lines. Plan to give them about three business days before you are ready to dig your posts. Consider planning your deck in two or four-foot increments in order to save you from wasting material. You can add uniqueness to your deck by planning to lie the decking in a diagonal pattern versus a straight pattern. However, be aware that this means that you will also use more material, both in support beams and in the decking. Consider adding imaginative decorations such as lights, which can add a beautiful touch. Low-voltage L.E.D. lighting for stairs can make a huge difference for safety. Once you know everything you want for your new deck, it is time to choose a contractor.

Custom decks in Greensboro, NC

If you are looking for a contractor to build your dream deck, call the experts at Triad Installations. They specialize in the construction of custom decks, sun rooms, screen rooms, and porches. They also are experienced and qualified to discuss your other home remodeling needs. You might be surprised at how easy it is to get the home improvement project that you have been thinking of, so call them today for a free estimate for construction of a new custom deck for your home.