With the summer months approaching, cookouts and other outdoor activities are to be expected. What better way to make this happen is to build your deck. Before you take on this project, one of the things you need to consider is the budget. Several factors can influence the cost of a new deck, including the following:
What’s the main purpose of your deck? There are many things that you can add to your deck, such as a hot tub, lounge area and a grill section. How you’ll use your deck is the first factor that you have to look into since your contractor needs to know how much weight your deck should handle.
Once you have an idea of what your deck will be used for, the next step is to think about this size. If you’re looking to have friends or guests over for a summer cookout with the family, then your deck should be spacious enough to accommodate a certain number of people. Of course, that will depend on the size of your outdoors. Discuss this with your contractor as well as this will also help determine how much you’ll spend for this project.
What material will you use? You will have to choose between hardwoods and softwoods. The purpose of your deck can also be a consideration for this part. You will need to make sure that the material is sturdy and can handle loads.
Depending on the height of your deck, you will need to have a permit. There is also the matter of railing being required or optional. These permits take a long time to obtain, so make sure that you apply for one right away as you plan this project.
Freestanding or Attached
Detached or freestanding decks are often cheaper than attached decks. This is because freestanding decks do not require additional structure to stand firmly. On the other hand, attached decks need to be bolted to your home which will need more material and labor.
Turn to STL Design and Build for your deck construction needs! Our team will help you custom-design your deck to your exact needs and wants while respecting your budget constraints. We also make sure to follow building codes and safety recommendations for handrails, stairs and ramps. Discuss your plans with us by calling (314) 736-5800. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an estimate.