A new addition to your home is always tempting, particularly when adding something extra to your outdoor space. Developing an extension in the form of a deck to your home can create exciting opportunities to customize more of your home, whether you want to add a dining set so your household can dine amongst the fresh air, or simply add seating onto a newly formed deck so that you can overlook the scenery of your property. Although you can always hire professional deck builders, you can also save money and take the basic DIY steps to prepare for your deck installation.
Find out what steps are involved in preparing to build a deck, an extension that can benefit your home and household.
Codes and permits
Before you can build a deck onto your property, you’ll want to look into the requirements of your local area and building authorities to ensure that what you plan to attach to your home is legally permitted. Many local areas have rules concerning property lines, the height of a new structure, structural supports, and dimensions. It would be best if you made any inquiries about the prospect of a new deck on your property with a building inspection that can be located at any building inspection office, where you might want to have a blueprint of your deck prepared to showcase.
Money and tools
Like any addition to your home, you can expect a deck to cost you some money. Costs will undoubtedly become a factor as you begin to invest in tools that will be used when building your deck, although you could save some money by borrowing some tools from friends or neighbours. Some of the tools you’ll need when building a deck can include:
- Table and circular saw
- Cement mixer
- Tape measure
- Caulk gun
- Eye protection glasses
Besides tools, you’ll also need some materials to secure and develop your deck the way you want. The materials that will contribute to your deck include:
- Cinder blocks
- Deck screws and nails
Creating a plan
Once you have your materials, you should start planning your deck’s appearance and logistic building aspects. Ask yourself questions such as, what do you want from your new deck? What do you want your deck to look like? How do you want to secure your deck while ensuring it still looks appealing? After you have answered these questions, begin to map out the conceptual design of your deck and use any blueprint you have as a reference. More so, you’ll want to figure out what material you want to use on your deck and what material would complement and match the appearance of your entire home. You’ll also want to decide whether your deck will need a railing, depending on its height and your budget, and what you want the railing to look like.
Building a deck by yourself can be challenging for many homeowners, and if you lack the experience that involves executing a meticulously planned DIY project, you might want to leave a decking project to professional deck builders. Start your search to hire a contractor by asking friends and family if they know any reliable professionals that could create a deck to maximize the look of your home.
Prepare the area
After you have acquired the proper tools and materials and have an outline of what you want your deck to look like and how it should be built, you’ll want to prepare the area where you’re building it. Remove any long grass, debris, or weeds that could be in the way of where you plan to build your deck that could also obstruct the building process. You can apply mulch to the areas where weeds frequently reproduce to prevent them from growing while you build. You’ll also want to create a rough outline with string on where you’re building and the dimensions of your proposed structure, but if deck builders are building the extension, you can forgo this particular step.
Deck installation will involve some preparation beforehand, and much of the planning and budgeting will be a responsibility the homeowner should assume. Although it is ultimately up to the homeowner to decide whether they want their deck installation to become a DIY project or if opting for professional assistance is more optimal, meticulous planning will prove to be essential before you install your deck.