A deck is an inexpensive way to extend your indoor living space. It is a place where you and your family can relax and spend time as comfortably as if you were inside the house while enjoying the outdoor air. It is like having the best of both worlds: comfort and privacy, but out in the open.
Adding a deck is also an excellent way to increase the value of your property. A well-designed deck from Urbanarch costs much less than a house extension project or building an attic, but you can recoup an average of 70% of your investment from the property’s increased value.
A lot of other factors separate a successful deck project from the unsuccessful ones. Here are a few tips to make sure that the deck you build gives you the highest return on investment both financially and emotionally.
Set a realistic budget
The freedom with which you can design your deck would depend largely on your budget. You must set it right from the start so you would not overreach and be left down the road, holding the bag with an unfinished project. Once you have decided how much money you are willing to part with, you can move on to the next crucial step: the design. Although you might know design would satisfy you the most, you would need the help of a professional builder, like Urbanarch.
Designing the deck
Many factors could affect the potential value of your deck. Design is among those with the most impact. Fortunately, you can easily control it as well.
You would want a deck that integrates seamlessly and complements the current look of your house. It does you no good if you end up with a most stylish deck that looks painfully out of place considering your house.
A good place to start is envisioning what you have planned for your deck. Are you going to enjoy it mostly just with family and a small group of friends or is entertaining a big crowd a probability?
A multiple-level deck, each one separated by a step or two, would be perfect for entertaining a large group. Some built-in features, such as a stainless grill and bar area, an outdoor kitchen, or custom benches would also be great for hosting a bigger party. You can also add a pergola for some respite from the heat of the sun during that summer entertainment.
If a more intimate or close-knit setting is what you prefer for your deck, you can put in a spa or hot tub. Screen walls would be nice to have along with the spa if you want more privacy. You can complement the whole place with mood lighting for a more relaxing ambience. You can also add an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit with benches for a small group. It can be an alternative to the outdoor spa or an addition to it, depending upon your budget.
Whether you are planning a deck for family or a large group, built-in planters can spruce up your outdoor space. Sedums and echeverias are some low-maintenance plants ideal for the outdoors, while evergreen trees, such as cypress and juniper provide privacy to your deck. You can also add interesting patterns on your railing to make it look unique. Cable, wood, glass, metal, or composite are just some of your infinite railing options.
Remember to stick to your budget
When designing a deck, or any other housing project for that matter, it is easy to get caught up in the details. And before you know it, your budget has ballooned and gotten out of hand. The devil is, indeed, in the details, and it would be better to take the help of a professional builder who specialises in deck projects, like Urbanarch. This way, you can leverage their expert opinion to make a reality out of your dream deck without breaking the bank.