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Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Welcome to my blog. My name is Deborah. About 15 years ago, I bought an old home. We worked with several contractors to rehabilitate it, but ultimately, the foundation simply wasn't stable enough, and we had to tear it down. After that, we worked with a construction crew to build a home from the ground up. The experience was exciting and challenging, and I learned a lot through that process. I want to share construction and contracting facts and information with others so I decided to start this blog. I hope that you like the results, and I thank you for reading. Enjoy!

Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Planning a Backyard Deck? 3 Ways to Avoid Mistakes

by Samantha Russell

Spring will be here in just a few months. If you want to build a deck on your property before the temperatures warm up, now's the time to get started. Decks add beauty and warmth to any backyard setting. They also provide additional entertainment space, which is nice to have during the spring and summer months. If you're not sure where to start, the first thing you need to do is hire a contractor.

Hiring a contractor for the construction of your backyard deck will ensure that the job gets done correctly. Here are three other steps to help you get the most out of your new backyard deck

1. Know Your Local Regulations

If you're ready to build a backyard deck, make sure you understand local regulations. You might not realise this, but your local government may have rules and regulations regarding the construction of backyard decks. For instance, there may be size limitations that you'll need to abide by. Or, your local government may require you to submit plans, and obtain permits, before construction. To avoid issues, stop by your local council office before you start your project. 

2. Choose the Right Material

If you're in the process of planning your backyard deck, take the time to choose the right material. Three of the most common materials used for backyard decks include wood, composite, and PVC. If you want to go with a natural appearance for your backyard deck, wood is the best option, especially cedar. There are actually several benefits to choosing cedar for your backyard deck. First, cedar repels moisture. Second, cedar is resistant to insect and sun damage. Finally, cedar goes well with all types of home designs. 

3. Give Yourself Enough Space

If you're going to spend a lot of time on your backyard deck, make sure you give yourself enough space. The last thing you want is to design a deck that isn't big enough to suit your needs. Your deck should provide you with plenty of room for entertainment and relaxation. One way to ensure the right amount of space is to add built-in features such as benches, planters, and lounge areas to your backyard deck plans. If you're not sure how to ensure the right amount of space, be sure to talk to your contractor. They can help you design a deck that will provide plenty of room for all your outdoor activities.