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Outdoor Deck Design

by Kuhrich on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Building your custom home is always a great feeling.  However, if you want to make sure your home looks perfect, you may want to have some type of a deck added onto your home. When you have the deck, you will want to have the proper design to know it suits your home properly. Without knowing about decks and how they can affect the aesthetics of your home, you may end up being disappointed later on when you actually see it attached to your home.   A little homework and preparation is easy:)

The first consideration you should make with the outdoor deck design is where the deck is situated in your yard. Some people, or even home owners associations, do not want a deck on the front. So you should consider what part of your home you can have the deck attached to and which placement area will look best and most appealing while satisfying any guidelines of your homeowners’ association.  Without this, you will have trouble in getting to enjoy the deck because it may extend out too far in your yard.

The second consideration you need to make in regards to the deck is what kind of wood you want to use. Some of the woods you can use will stain properly, but others will have a natural coloration which matches your home.  You should consider what type of wood will be used in the design phase of your deck and know it can match your specific needs. Something else you will like with the wood selection is this can help you keep the bugs down and possibly even prevent bugs from boring into your wood at all.

The third consideration you should make for your deck is what kind of purpose you want the deck to serve.  You may have never thought about this aspect before, but you probably want your deck to serve a specific purpose.   For example, if you want the deck to have a hot tub on it, then you need to have a wide deck, but also one with a strong foundation. Then you can have the hot tub on the deck and know it will be secure, but if you want a deck relaxing or dining in warmer months, then you do not need one as wide or strong.

Adding a deck to your custom home can be a great addition. You just need to make sure you know some information about the deck design.   By knowing information about the design of your deck, it will be easy for you to make the right choice for your home.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com