Spring is here, and if you are like most people, you are just itching to spend more time outdoors. Now is a great time to contact deck builders in Denver to see about adding a deck to your home so you can have the perfect outdoor space for entertaining friends or hanging out with family.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are planning your deck
Tip #1—Decide on the Right Size for Your Deck
You don’t want to create a deck that looks awkward with your home because it isn’t a compatible size. An oversized deck on a small home or an undersized deck on a large home will look out of place. You want your deck to be functional as well as visually balanced with the structure of your home.
Tip #2—Decide on How the Deck Will Be Accessed
The better the access to the deck from your home and yard, the better the chance that you’ll get the most use out of your deck. Typically, decks are accessible via patio sliders or French doors from the main living or dining area of the home. Often there is also a screen door to protect your home from pests.
Usually elevated decks have access from the backyard with a set of stairs. This also creates another entry point for intruders, so make sure to plan for security protection at the entry point to your house.
Tip #3—Decide on the Materials That Will Be Used
There are many options available for building materials, including natural wood and synthetic composites. Your budget might be a major factor in considering the type of material you use because there is a big difference in cost. Also consider the aesthetics, longevity, durability, and maintenance of the decking materials you end up using.
This Old House
has a great article on planning for you deck build, including the different options available as far as materials.
Tip #4—Decide on Coverage From the Elements
Given the many sunny days we have along the Front Range, you might want to consider building some kind of coverage into your deck plans. The summer sun can be harsh, particularly if your deck is on the south or west side of your home. A pergola can be helpful, as can retractable awnings in canopies. Of course another option is to use freestanding umbrellas, which provide moveable coverage.
If you are going to have a grilling area, it might be worthwhile to consider a cover for that area. With Denver’s summertime later afternoon rain showers, you will still be able to use your grill comfortably.
Tip #5—Decide on Lighting
Having the proper lighting in your new deck area will increase your enjoyment of the space, particularly for nighttime entertaining. If you integrate lighting into your deck plans, you are more likely to get a cohesive look.
Turn your backyard into an entertainment center or a relaxing oasis with a new deck. Contact
your deck builders in Denver, Ridgeline Design and Build! We can add the perfect deck of your home that will extend the living space of your home as well as add value to it. Learn more about our deck services and call us at 303-346-6100 to get started on your project.