So you’ve decided to start your next home improvement project: a new deck. But where do you begin? Here’s a step-by-step look at everything you need to get started!
Step 1: Make a Plan
Planning is of great importance to getting any home improvement project going. A deck requires a lot more planning than remodeling the bathroom or painting the kitchen. In the planning phase, you should be establishing your budget, choosing a decking material, and deciding how much space the deck will cover.
Step 2: Ask Yourself the Big Question
The most important question you need to ask yourself before you start your deck build is this: “Why do I want a deck?” Ask yourself what you’ll be using the deck for. Do you want to entertain? Are you looking to give the kids more space to play outdoors? Do you prefer to dine outside during the warmer months? A deck can be used for a wide variety of activities, and establishing the functionality you want your new deck to have in the very beginning is essential.
Step 3: Pick Your Space
Get outside and assess the space you have to work with. All of the following factors can influence the location you choose for your deck: shade and sun, the size of your property, wind and rain, privacy, views, and proximity to your house itself.
Step 4: Decide on Who Will Take on the Project
Traditional freestanding platform decks are some of the easiest to DIY. But if you want something that’s a bit more than basic, you will really want to consider hiring a professional for the job. You may not have access to high quality materials or specific tools that the experts do, which can end up making the job a huge hassle if you try to tackle it yourself.
Step 5: Get the Specifics
Now it’s time to make some serious decisions about your deck: What decking material will be used? What shape will your deck be? Will it be raised or low to the ground? Will there be steps to and from your yard? Will your deck have multiple levels? Get creative with it, and if you need some suggestions, you can always ask the pros for guidance!