Around this time of year, many New Englanders start dreaming about spending time outside in the warm summer sun. A well-designed and constructed deck can provide a comfortable space to relax and visit with friends and family on those much-anticipated summer days. But when adding a new deck to your home, there are several important considerations. To ensure you can safely enjoy your deck for years to come, check out these deck building do’s and don’ts from the Cormack team:

1. Do consider how you’ll use your deck. 

Is your deck going to be a place to host summer barbeques, parties, and family gatherings or a spot to enjoy a quiet meal for two? Will you do your container gardening or start a patio garden there? Will your deck wrap around a pool or hot tub? All of these factors will affect the size, design, and construction of your deck.

2. Do think about location. 

Oftentimes, a home’s design or property characteristics will dictate where a deck should be built. But, if you’re lucky enough to have a choice, consider the following:

  1. Privacy/Neighbors
  2. Proximity to Kitchen or Other Important Amenities (e.g. bathroom)
  3. Sun and Shade Exposure
  4. View

3. Don’t add a deck that doesn’t compliment your home’s architectural style.

A properly-designed deck will complement the scale, lines, and architecture of your home, and may increase its value. If you add a deck that doesn’t seamlessly blend with your home, it will look out of place, and could reduce its value. For example, you wouldn’t want to add a round, curved deck with carved railings onto a modern, mid-century home with straight lines.

4. Do come up with a budget. 

Obviously, you need to come up with a budget so you will know what you can and cannot afford. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost Versus Value Report, a 16 by 20-foot deck with a built-in planter and three steps will cost you between $15,000 (wood) and  $21,000 (composite decking). The factors that will affect the cost of your deck include:

  • Size
  • Intricacy of design
  • Type of building materials used (wood versus composite)
  • Extras (built-in seating, storage, flower boxes, electrical outlets, lighting, etc.)
  • Number of stairs and railings required in your design

5. Don’t forget to look into building codes, permits, and restrictions.

Laws vary according to where you live, so be sure to check with your town or state government about building codes, permits, and any other legal concerns around home remodeling and additions. If you are part of a homeowner’s association, ask if there are any restrictions you should know about. If you work with a home construction and remodeling company like Cormack, they will manage all compliance issues for you.

6. Do consider a 3-D Design.

A 3-D design allows you to virtually walk around your deck before construction begins, saving you time and money.

7. Don’t DIY before doing your research.

Building a deck requires a good knowledge of carpentry and engineering, and the proper tools and equipment to get the job done right. Before taking on a deck-building project, familiarize yourself with the intricacies involved in the process. If you don’t feel you have the skills and time to build a deck, contact the experienced professionals at Cormack Construction. We can build a beautiful deck that your family and friends can safely enjoy for years to come.

Deck Builders in NH’s Lakes Region, White Mountains, and Northern ME

If you’re thinking about building a deck, contact the pros at Cormack Construction for a free consultation.  We will design and build a beautiful deck that meets your space needs and budget.

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