From: Timber Tech
What You Should Think About Prior to Getting Started
Not all new decks have a solid plan behind their construction, and many homeowners will decide to install a new deck without considering potential issues. They choose instead to rely on their own experience, their understanding of regulations and codes, and home improvement resources found at their local home improvement store, library, or online.
While a certain amount of do-it-yourself know-how will serve you well as you prepare your outdoor space for a new deck, it can be frightfully easy to overlook some key considerations in the excited rush to build your new space. Here are four things you should definitely consider prior to getting started on your decking project.
1 – Placement and Design
Your first consideration should be the placement, size, height, and overall design of your deck. Would you prefer an attached structure or a freestanding deck? Do you want multiple levels? Do you want distinct areas for different activities? This is the most fun part of the process (until you’re having a celebratory beverage on your completed deck), so enjoy it and be as creative as you wish.
Many home improvement stores and websites offer software that can assist you in designing your deck—even calculating your necessary materials if you feed in accurate measurements. If you’re unsure where to start, check out one of these free deck blueprints and suggested materials lists.
2 – Building Codes, HOA Rules, Etc.
Check with your local government, whether that’s city, county, or state (in some cases), to make sure that your plans are in compliance with local building codes and zoning restrictions.
Purchase any necessary permits and check with your homeowner’s association to ensure that your plans will not be in violation of their rules. Also, keep in mind that if you want something that’s against the rules or out of bounds, there may be a variance you can request or an appeals process that will still allow you to build your dream deck.
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