With summer vacation on the horizon and the whole COVID situation still evolving, many North Shore homeowners are deciding this is the right time to have a new deck built. Cook out season is just getting started, and having a great deck makes it easier to get the kids outdoors and off of their devices. Also – if you caught the gardening bug in 2020, you’ll love how some great custom deck features make indulging your green thumb fun and easy.
What do you need to know in order to have a new deck built? As local deck builders on the North Shore of MA, and here’s what we recommend:
Know the Location of Your New Deck
You have options. Do you want a front porch, a back deck, or a wraparound porch? Will your new deck be on the first or second story of your home? Think through how you’d like to access this deck – from the kitchen and family room are two common choices; if a couple is having their own private balcony built, entry from the bedroom makes sense.
Know the Size of Your New Deck
While you don’t need to have exact measurements, your local deck contractor needs an idea of how large of a deck you’d like to have built. The average deck size is said to be between 300 and 400 square feet, but since the pandemic, that average has been trending upwards.
Know What You’d Like to Do on Your New Deck
The best local deck builders customize deck design based on the homeowner’s interests and lifestyle. This means if you’re a grill master who loves to entertain, having space for an outdoor kitchen and at least some casual dining seating makes sense. Have a bunch of little kids in your life? A great deck design will include a shade feature for when it’s time to get out of the sun, screening to keep the bugs away, lots of place to store toys, and maybe a built in sandbox!