Location, Size & Area Codes
Before you go ahead with making detailed plans, you are going to have to decide the exact location where you intend to build your deck and the size of the intended deck. Do you want to build just a small porch where you can sit around reading a book on a bright sunny day or do you have plans on building an extended porch that goes right round from one side of your home to the other? Even if your area building code allows you to construct a full deck, you need to determine if there are other physical or space limitations. Think about things like the placement of steps, the breadth of the corners.
Choosing The Right Material
Wood, especially weather resistant varieties such as cedar, redwood and cyprus used to be the most popular material for building custom decks but things are changing now and more homeowners are preferring to use resin materials or wood that is pre-treated with preservatives. This is because these newer materials are sturdier than their older counterparts and will last longer even with minimal maintenance and care. This can save you a whole lot of time and money in the long run.
Don’t Get Caught In The DIY Trap
There are lots of projects you can do by yourself if you are a DIY enthusiast, however, building a custom deck is not one of those. If you are looking into getting one made, you would have already realized that it is not a simple project that any amateur can undertake by themselves as a do it yourself project. Even the simplest looking porch can be complex to construct as there are several different and complex engineering and carpentry factors involved.