There’s nothing like a deck to put the “home” feeling back into your house. After all, you probably feel the most at home when you’re surrounded by friends and family. Having a great outdoor deck gives you the space you need to entertain all of them!
Or, if you’re simply looking for a way to spruce up your backyard, a deck is the perfect choice. After all, it offers a clean, stylish look, but it’s relatively cheap to build. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another makeover project that gives you more bang for your buck!
But is outdoor decking right for you?
Big or small, hilly or flat, elevated or low-lying, outdoor decking can work in just about any yard. And, because it’s so versatile style-wise, it will look great sitting outside of virtually any home. In fact, if you’ve got a smaller home, a deck can be a great way to add some space for entertaining. That way, you won’t have to squeeze everyone inside! (It can actually make your entire home feel bigger!) Even if you have the biggest house on the block, a deck will give you a much easier way to entertain.
Even if you already have some great landscaping or a thriving garden, a new deck can be the perfect accent piece. It’s also one of the most practical things you can add. After all, how many other things can help you take full advantage of the outside of your home?
So, can you build a deck yourself?
If you love do-it-yourself projects and have a little bit of woodworking experience, you should have no problem designing and building your own deck. Just be sure to measure your yard carefully first, and then come up with some detailed plans. Be sure to have a pencil and a lot of paper on hand so that you can brainstorm a bunch of ideas. After all, this isn’t the kind of project you want to do on the fly!
If you’re not quite as handy as you’d like, there are timber decking specialists that can help you create the perfect deck. They’ll be able to tell you whether a hard or soft timber is right for your project, along with what type of treatment you’ll need to get the most out of your timber. They’ll also be able to explain which types of timber are right for your ground posts, frame work, and decking itself — or if you can use one type for all three portions.
Whether you decide to get some help or go it alone, be creative! After all, outdoor decking presents an endless array of opportunities. With the right plan, an outdoor deck can add life to your entire home. All it will take is one barbecue for you to realize just how vibrant your backyard can really be! (And, as an added benefit, it will give your property value a big boost if you ever decide to sell your home!)
If you’ve been looking for a reason to spend more time in the backyard, this is it!
Sam Nathan is a freelance writer. His interests include sports, travel and health.