3 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE BUILDING A DECK

1. WHAT DO YOU WANT OUT OF YOUR OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE?

Extending our indoor living space to outdoor living rooms has never been hotter.  People love to be in the outdoors especially here on Vancouver’s North Shore. As soon as the rain stops, we want to head outside to enjoy the great outdoors. What do you need to consider when you want to build an outdoor room?

  • Do you want it mainly for large family parties?
  • Do you want to able to cook outdoors?
  • Do you need shade built in because your deck faces south?
  • What about an outdoor fire pit?
  • Night lighting is another consideration.
  • What about electrical outlets for barbecue, hot tubs and space heaters.
  • Perhaps you are concerned about privacy and will need some outdoor screens or dividers.
  • What about the material of the deck – natural wood or a something that does not need a lot of maintenance.
  • Crafting the kind of deck you want around the needs and preferences of your family can ensure that the final product is something you’ll be satisfied with for years to come.

2. DO YOU NEED PERMITS?

As with any renovation, building a deck can require particular permits prior to the start of construction, especially in residential neighborhoods.SOLID WOOD works with you to obtain the permits necessary to build your outside deck or addition. Failing to pull the proper permits for your renovation project can provide a legal headaches down the line that you will want to avoid. Working with a trusted contractor can reduce this stress.

3. HOW MUCH TIME, AND MONEY?

Time is also a crucial factor to consider. If you like to entertain outdoors in the warmer months, consider scheduling your renovation in the off or shoulder seasons to ensure that your project is ready when you want to gather the neighborhood. Equally important is to work with a trusted contractor like SOLID WOOD who will work with you to create a budget that is comfortable. A new deck can meet a wide range of budgets, from modest to the extravagant. Establishing a clear budget plan up front will help get everyone on the same page and working towards the same great results.

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