How hard is it to build Decks?
October 28, 2009
Decks are found on more homes today than ever before. Decks are no longer considered as an extra feature to the home. In fact, they're a great selling point for people looking for homes. Most homeowners that buy a home without a deck are looking for deck designs or have deck ideas already at the time of purchase. Decks are no longer considered as an extra but more like an extension of the home - a place to entertain, relax, cook out or just watch a sunset after a long day at work.
Where to find deck designs
Deck designs can be found in many building supply stores, in books at your local library and all over the internet. If you already have some deck ideas of what you want, you'll find that building a deck will be even easier.
Decks come in many sizes and styles and the great thing about most of them is that they can be customized to meet your needs now and in the future. If you have deck ideas for what you want in the future but cannot afford now, you can have your deck designs made with future expansion.
For instance, you may only be able to afford a small single deck now but can have your deck designs drawn up so you can easily convert it to a multi-level deck, wrap-around style, L-shaped deck or whatever you want when your finances improve.
Building decks is a great DIY project for the individual with time, ambition and a bit of building knowledge. Many decks are offered in kits with step-by-step instructions that even a beginner can follow and understand.
The first step to any deck building is to pay a visit to your local city building inspector to learn about any codes regarding decks and deck building. Once you know the codes, you're ready to put your deck ideas to work, get your deck designs on paper and make a trip to your building supply store where the fun begins!