How to best plan your deck or patio addition

By: Craigosborne
Because a patio or deck addition is a major home improvement project, it is important to plan carefully.

You should ask yourself these questions before you get started:

1. Be realistic about your space needs. How many people will be using the space? Recommended livable dimensions provide for 20 sq. ft. per person-a space that is comfortable but not excessive (you don't want too much space, but you don't want too little). Consider the amenities you want the space to have.

2. Consider your goals: Are you building for entertaining, relaxing or both? you may want to allow more space for built-in seating, circular eating areas, a hot tub or spa if you are using the space for entertaining,

3. If you are entertaining you may want to want to allow more space for built-in seating, circular eating areas, a hot tub or spa. You could create a built-in cooking center too.

4. An economical, modest size deck or patio large enough for relaxing and dining outdoors may serve your needs if your patio or deck is just for family use.

5. Also, ask yourself these Other important questions:

a. How will the deck or patio be used?

b. Do you have a fence? Is it high enough to ensure your privacy?

c. Is privacy important to you? If it is then you need to plan for space for a fence.

d. When will the patio or deck be used?

e. Do you have adequate lighting?

f. Who will be using the patio or deck (kids, friends, neighbors, older people, etc)?

g. This could be VERY important: Is it accessible and safe for small or young children?

Thorough Planning is extremely important. A well designed space, large or small, should be determined well before the construction process begins.

Millions of Americans add decks or patios to their homes every year to both add value to their properties and also for entertainment reasons -- they're a good idea.

So you can create a patio or deck that adds value (and holds it) for years and also lots of entertainment.

If you choose your professional very carefully and plan very carefully and research your options before you begin and, you will create a patio or deck that will hold its value and will provide years of entertainment!
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