David Thompson
By David Thompson

Springtime is Almost Here and Your New Custom Deck is Waiting!

Decks

Aspiring to create a new outdoor living space by building a new custom dream deck to entertain, barbecue, sit in your hot tub or just hang out with the family, is every homeowners dream.  Regardless of your reason… a beautiful new custom deck will not only enhance your lifestyle, it will increase the value of your home.

With Spring just around the corner, it is important to select your deck builder and start planning and designing your new deck now…if you want to use it this year. The building of a genuine custom deck requires time to properly layout your dream design, create architectural plans, obtain proper permits, material selection and a myriad of other elements that all impact the overall construction schedule, which is usually longer than most people anticipate. 

If you wait until late spring or summer, it will be too late as any company who is a respectable and reputable deck builder is extremely busy and to get on their schedules is difficult if not impossible for the rest of 2019.   

As I mentioned in my previous articles, design, lighting, layout and material selection are paramount when deciding the overall custom look and feel you want to achieve with your new custom deck. No two decks should ever be alike, however there are special features from existing projects you can select such as etched glass panels which fit into your railing scheme, or the latest in LED lighting accents that you should consider to see how these and other ideas might fit with your new design.

Adding features such as a fire pit, glass fireplace or even a Pergola can add dimensions and uniqueness to your new outdoor living space, not to mention impress your neighbors. The more complex your design, the more you will love spending time out on your new creation.

Creating this outdoor living space takes time and patience, as it should.  Keep in mind the important logistics your contractor will provide you as you proceed forward in your overall design and planning. You should plan that it should take about 2-3 months from the day you selected your professional deck builder to having your first party to celebrate its completion.

Finally, assuming you have the budget, decide the date you want to have that first party and then work the calendar backward with your contractor the 2-3 months to estimate the schedule which outlines the timeline of building your new custom deck.

I am sure after reading my previous articles you now know to hire only a licensed professional deck contractor with references who will help you design, create and build your new custom deck. They will insure everything you select is built properly and is inspected to code. They will also provide you with choices of the latest decking materials, trends and ultimately a great experience. Good luck in building your new deck.

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