Looking for something to do while cooped up indoors this winter? Now is the perfect time to start planning your outdoor home improvement projects for spring! A deck is a fantastic addition to your home that will provide you and your family with more functional living space and give you more of a reason to be outdoors when the warm weather comes around. Here’s a helpful step-by-step guide to planning a new deck this year:

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Step #1: List Your Wants and Needs

One of the best ways to make your planning process easier is to determine up-front exactly what you want and need from your new deck. Decide what you want to use the deck for: Entertainment? Relaxation? Dining? This will help you lay out the plans and make the best use of the space you have. Do you want a portion of your deck screened-in? Will you have one level of deck flooring or multiple levels? If you have children, you should also take into account the safety requirements your deck should have.

Step #2: Pick the Deck Size and Location

The size of your deck greatly relies on the amount of space you have to work with. If you have a large yard, you can choose between a big or small deck. If you have minimal space in the back of your home, you’ll want to utilize it efficiently with your new deck. Professional deck builders are a great resource for this phase of planning because they can come to your home, assess the available space, and easily come up with a number of deck designs for you to choose from that will maximize your outdoor living space.

Step #3: Choose Your Decking Material

When it comes to the material your deck will be made of, you have a few main choices:


PROs: a classic and natural look, economical, and stays cool in the summer

CONs: requires a lot of maintenance (restaining, resealing), can stain and rot easily


PROs: available in many designs, colors, and textures, very eco-friendly, easy to clean

CONs: a bit more pricey than other options, can host mold and mildew


PROs: plenty of color choices, low maintenance, long lifespan

CONs: cannot be stained or painted, reflects heat

Step #4: Call in the Experts

Once you’ve got a pretty good idea of what you want your deck to look like, it’s time to call in the professionals to finalize your plan and make your ideas come to life! North American Deck & Patio is a professional deck builder in Annapolis, Maryland. We are experts in the industry and have been in business for over 25 years. Contact us  and let us help you get started with your new deck plans today!


Why Choose North American Deck and Patio

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Our 30+ years of experience and accumulated knowledge sets us apart from our competitors. We have designed and worked on a variety of different landscaping projects each customized to fit the needs of the customer. Our expertise allows us to ensure that you get exactly what you want – and we’ll even back it up with a warranty.

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“Jim at North American patio and deck's came up with the most ingenious way of utilizing our small very slanted very water drained environment and turned it into a virtual oasis. Making this deck the envy of all our ambitions and gem for the community.”

– C. Cross

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Anne Arundel County Deck and Patio: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

Baltimore County Deck and Patio: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Calvert County Deck and Patio: Dunkirk (20754), Chesapeake Beach (20732), North Beach (20714), Prince Frederick (20678), Owings (20736), Solomons (20688).

Howard County Deck and Patio: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County Deck and Patio: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Prince George's County Deck and Patio: Bowie (20715, 20716, 20720, 20721), Beltsville (20705), Adelphi (20783), College Park (20740,20742), Greenbelt (25689), Hyattsville (20781, 20782, 20783, 20784), Landover (20785), Laurel (20707, 20723), Springdale (20774), Upper Marlboro (20772, 20774), Woodlawn (21207).

St. Marys County Deck and Patio: Leonardtown (20650), Mechanicsville (20659), Lexington Park (20653), Piney Point (20674), Tall Timbers (20690)

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