5 Tips to Building a Deck onto Your House

5 Tips to Building a Deck onto Your House
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    How many times have you stood in the yard thinking how nice it would be to have a comfortable living area outside of the house?

    Cook outs, parties and just plain relaxing in the sun or shade are within your reach.

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Building your own deck can be very rewarding, and add significant value to your home, and it’s not that difficult. Here’s a few tips to help you do it right.

1. Know what you want

From small and cozy to large and spacious, there are many different variations with their own unique considerations. A flat cement slab will offer a whole different approach than a redwood deck. Covered or not? BBQ built in? Wiring for a hot tub? All things to keep in mind when planning your project. You will also want to consider things like the kind of wood, equipment needed, and what color you want your deck to be when it is finished.

2. Know your budget

Figuring out what you want is often directly connected to what you can afford. Do a complete materials list, and make whatever compromises necessary. A redwood deck is real nice, but pine will cost a lot less, and can look just as nice when constructed properly and treated with a good stain. You will also want to keep in mind how big you want your deck to be along with any other equipment you might need to use. You may need to purchase other tools and materials to make sure that you can do the job efficiently and adequately. If you hire a general contractor to install your deck for you, that will also cost you some more money.

3. Know the codes

Most residential areas will have building codes that must be adhered to. Following these codes can alter the design or materials used to be in compliance. Most insurance companies will deny a claim if the proper building permits are not in place. Check before you begin. You will most likely need to pay for an inspection to make sure that you are up to par on all the codes before you start building your deck.

4. Don’t get in over your head

Doing the work yourself is a great way to save money, but only if you do it right. Mistakes can quickly multiply your material costs. Also, special tools or skills may be required. Paying a professional will cost even more if he has to fix your mistakes as well as build it right.

5. Remember to insure it

A deck attached to your house will probably increase the value of your home, especially a larger deck constructed with premium materials. Your homeowner’s policy may or may not cover any damage to it. Check with your agent to know your liabilities.

It’s really not any more difficult than you make it. Know your limitations, and plan every aspect of the job. There’s plenty of free advice and help at most home improvement stores. So get out there and get it done. There’s still time for one more bar-b-cue this season, I’ll bring the potato salad.

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