Your guide to deck or porch additions

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Planning ahead

Things to know before you get started.
7 Steps to a Beautiful Deck Addition
  1. 1. Set a budget for the project

    Deciding beforehand how much you're willing to spend makes it easier to pick out which materials and extras you can afford.

  2. 2. Decide how you will use the deck

    If you envision an outdoor barbecue space, for example, you can choose the deck’s materials and appearance accordingly.

  3. 3. Select a style

    Look at pictures of other decks to get an idea of what you want. Have an idea of how big you want it to be, as well as its general location.

  4. 4. Consult a contractor in the planning stages

    They can let you know if your ideas are practical, and offer suggestions, such as where to place an access point.

  5. 5. Choose the right materials

    Some possibilities are pressure-treated pine, cedar, redwood, hardwood, composite decking, vinyl and concrete. If you lean towards wood, remember that pressure-treated pine is extremely durable and long lasting.

  6. 6. Consider vinyl decking or concrete

    Vinyl is extremely long-lasting and virtually maintenance-free. It comes in a number of colors and is slip-resistant. Concrete is also relatively inexpensive and long-lasting.

  7. 7. Pick out extras

    Let your contractor know if you plan to include a fire pit, attached seating, inset flower boxes, a Jacuzzi or a swimming pool, or more.

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