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The Do's & Don'ts of Deck Planning January 25, 2019

The Do's & Don'ts of Deck Planning , ,

Decks are a fantastic addition to any home. They extend your living space and create a cozy outdoor area for lounging, playing, and entertaining. To ensure you and your custom deck builder are on the same page in the planning stages, here are a few do’s and don’ts.


Decide Usage

The first step before working with a custom deck builder is to decide what your addition will be used for. This will determine the size, shape, and scope of your deck so your preferred features are included. If you plan on using it for parties and outdoor entertainment, make sure the square footage can house a large table, a barbecue, and storage for essentials.

Consider Maintenance

custom deck builderThink about how much time and money you want to spend on maintenance. Pressure-treated wood offers a lovely aesthetic and can be stained and waterproofed easily, but cleaning and sealing regularly is necessary. Composite materials have a long lifespan and are crack- and rot-resistant, while PVC boards are easiest to clean but do not look as natural as wood.

Add Privacy

Make sure the final design with your custom deck builder includes both shady and bright areas, and consider deck covers or awnings for shielding against intense sun rays. Also think about adding privacy screens or higher fencing around the perimeter, especially if your yard is close to your neighbor’s.



Crowd Your Landscape

Trees and shrubs should not be uprooted or crowded when you add a deck. Instead, incorporate them in your plans and use their natural beauty to enhance the final result. Ensure there is enough space around each tree, bush, or flower garden so they receive optimal hydration and airflow to stay healthy.

Forget Family Members

Make sure access features, especially gates and stairs, are designed to suit every member of your family such as children or those with mobility limitations. Choose shallow steps with deep treads and easy-to-grip railings. Add a ramp to make your deck accessible for wheelchairs, strollers, or those who struggle with stairs.

Ignore Building Codes

While your custom deck builder will typically know your area’s rules and regulations, it is important that you understand what is allowed so you can plan your design accordingly. It also helps you prepare for permits and fees associated with building a deck.


Serving Lakeville, MN, Centennial, CO, and Plano, TX, Bulldog Contractors, LLC is the custom deck builder to trust with your new outdoor addition. In addition to decks, they are also storm damage repair experts and top-notch roofing and siding contractors, ensuring every aspect of your home or business is in the best shape. Call Lakeville at (612) 799-8707, Centennial at (303) 481-4291, or Plano at (469) 757-8571 to speak about insurance recovery and other services. Visit them online for a look at their work.

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