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Choosing the Right Deck Style for Your Lifestyle: 5 Tips
A Deck Style That Fits Your Lifestyle
Have fun when choosing what style deck is best for your family, but be sure to consider the size of your available space, where the deck will sit, and how it will function. Homeowners with smaller yards want to be careful that they do not choke the lawn. Few homeowners build a deck and wish it were smaller. Sun, shade and use should all be factors in your decision.
How to Choose the Style and Size That’s Best for You
Picking the correct dimensions is a gut decision, but there are some other considerations, too:
- Sun. Weathering and preventative care are the two biggest factors when determining the life of your deck. The latter you can control, the former you can only control when selecting the plot. If you live in a warmer climate, you want to build your deck in a space with lots of shade. People that live in cooler zones should build the deck facing the most sunlight.
- Determine Function. Do you entertain a lot of house guests, or is this a private spot to relax in the shade? What do you want it to look like? A Hawaiian-themed deck with an in-ground pool will be costlier than a cap code deck, for instance. Those seeking a simple design with a low budget might consider a small builder’s deck installed DIY. The cost of materials for a small deck is between $500-1,000. Those more ambitious may prefer a wrap-around, two-story marvel installed by professionals.
- House Access. “Cookout decks” are often placed directly behind the kitchen or dining room, accessible by sliding glass doors. Private decks are built anywhere, sometimes behind the trees and down a hill.
- Privacy. What if you want a private deck but your backyard is too small? Fencing and lattice are available, or you might consider growing a privacy screen. Privacy works both ways, though. A screen might not be preferable if the deck opens up to a magnificent horizon.
- Wind. Too often homeowners neglect to account for wind and install a fire pit anyway. The less wind, the better.