Unquestionably, decks are some of the most popular home additions for Aussies, and this is not coincidental. This additional space is highly versatile and can be used all year round with the right design. Moreover, a deck can also help with boosting the value of your property and this can come in handy years down the line.
But to make the most of deck construction, you need to be involved in the planning process so that your construction contractors have a precise idea of what your vision is. Admittedly, this may sound overwhelming to a homeowner who does not have any experience with building. Nonetheless, with a few tips, it does not have to be this way. Keep reading for two fundamentals that you should discuss with your contractor before embarking on deck construction.
Why do you want a deck?
As aforementioned, decks are highly versatile structures. With that in mind, your needs can vary vastly from your neighbours. Hence, you must discuss your purpose for the deck with your contractors way ahead of its construction. For some individuals, the deck may function as an extended balcony that allows them to spend some time outdoors without having to get out of the house.
For others, this structure may provide much-needed space for hosting guests and having a barbeque. You may even want a deck after engaging in swimming pool construction. Furnishing your contractors with this information will give them an idea of how functional the deck should be, and this, in turn, will also dictate custom built-ins to suit its primary purpose.
What style should the deck be?
When deliberating on the right style for your deck, it is easy to get caught up with pictures that you have seen online and want the same design. The reality, though, is that the deck's style is heavily reliant on your home's pre-existing architecture. For example, you may be enamoured by the appearance of an elevated deck, but if this means you will be looking directly into your neighbour's property, it will not be an advisable route to take.
As a rule of thumb, it is best to have your deck simulate the lines and curves of your home so that it does not appear to be an afterthought. Instead, it will look like an original part of the home. Moreover, at this stage, it is highly recommended that you have your contractor take the lead since they have more experience in the different styles and how suited they are to individual homes.