Creating the perfect deck for your family takes planning, budgeting, and weighing your options to truly find the deck that fit your needs. Here are 7 key areas to explore as you begin planning your very own dream deck.
Think about all the ways you plan to use your deck. Will it be for dining or entertaining guests? As a pool or spa surround? To provide much needed privacy? More living space for your family? Or to simply enjoy fresh air and relaxation? Perhaps your original deck is showing its age and it’s not as safe as it used to be.
There are a number of factors that will help decide the location of your deck. What is the size of the lot? How much will the deck be exposed to sun, shade, and wind? How much privacy do you desire? Of course, a view requires careful consideration, too. Do you have a nice scenic view to take advantage of?
Your budget will help determine some of the following decisions:
• Size of deck
• Intricacy of design
• Extras: built-in seating, flower boxes, railings, etc.
• Choice of lumber and cost
As dedicated craftsmen, we’ll offer options to make sure you will be pleased with all the deck styles and features — and always keep your budget in mind!
Here are the top 3 materials to consider:
• Pressure-Treated Woods, typically Southern Pine lumber that withstands the elements and wards off termites, microorganisms, and fungal decay
• Hardwoods, such as teak, ipe, and Brazilian, offer beauty and durability.
• Composite Decking, which is made of wood fiber and recycled or virgin plastic and requires little maintenance beyond an occasional cleaning.
In addition to budget and location, consider that the shape of your deck may be dictated by the design of your house. By complementing the lines, proportions, and architecture of your home, you’ll enjoy a seamless transition from indoors to out. A well-designed deck should also coordinate with the surrounding landscape design, as well.
As they say, perfection is in the details. There are many features that can greatly enhance your outdoor living. Stair and post lights (think solar!) can create pure enchantment to your evenings. Planter boxes soften and personalize a deck, allowing you to grow garden herbs or colorful annuals. Built-in storage is a natural for keeping garden supplies, cushions, and children’s toys out of sight. A pergola or roof overhead will help keep your deck cool on hot days. Elegant, yet nearly invisible spiral stairs, unhindered by the usual railings and support posts found in traditional stair design, won’t obscure the view.
Navigating your city’s building codes and permits can feel overwhelming. No worries, though. Atlanta Decking will take care of your permit. Our aim is to provide a stress-free experience so you can start planning all the ways to enjoy and entertain on your new outdoor room addition.