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From making your home more appealing with outdoor living space to increasing your home’s overall value, a deck can be a worthwhile investment. While shocking to learn, a new wood deck can offer you an estimated 106 percent return on your investment.
 
Designing a deck that suits your home and family’s needs may seem challenging, but help is available. This guide, and the help of professionals, will teach you a few important elements to consider for your perfect deck design.
 
1. Location
 
Decks are usually installed on the exterior of the home right outside the living room or kitchen. Since most of your entertaining and relaxing occurs in the living room and kitchen, the exterior of these spaces is a great option for your deck. However, decks can be built in other areas, too.
 
A deck can be added outside your master bedroom, as well. You will be able to enjoy the outdoors while having your coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening.
 
The exterior of your breakfast nook or dining room is also a good choice for your deck’s location. When the weather is nice, open up the doors onto your deck to create one larger indoor/outdoor space for entertaining and dining.
 
2. Size
 
The size of your deck also matters. Not only should it be sized large enough to accommodate your immediate family and some guests, but it should be sized in proportion to your home and backyard.
 
To determine how big your deck should be, consider how you will use the space. If it will be used for an extra dining space, make sure it is large enough to accommodate a table, chairs, and an extra few feet to provide space for getting in and out of the seats.
 
If your deck will be used as more of a conversational space, you will need room for a couch, chairs, and tables.
 
Even if you have the available space, you do not want the deck to be too large for your home’s exterior design. On average, the deck size and layout should take up no more than 20 percent of the home’s total interior floor space.
 
3. Cover
 
Decks create outdoor living space, but there are certain times where you may not be able to enjoy the outdoors as often as you would like.
 
For example, if rain starts suddenly, you will not only feel uncomfortable, but will also need to move indoors. Also, when temperatures are warmer and the sun is shining bright, you may struggle to enjoy your outdoor space because of the heat and the sun’s harmful UV rays.
 
Thankfully, a roof or cover of sorts can make your deck an enjoyable outdoor space no matter if it is raining or sunny.
 
Consider a shelter over your deck that includes a full roof and ceiling fan with light fixture. Or build a pergola over your deck with a canvas canopy that blocks the rain and the sun’s hot and dangerous ultraviolet rays.
 
4. Material
 
Wood is a very common material used to create decks because of its affordability and overall natural appeal. However, composite decking is also an option to consider.
 
Even though it is more expensive than traditional wood decking, composite decking does not rot, warp, or require staining or sealing. Composite, which is also known as synthetic or wood alternative, decking has the natural look of real wood without the worry of splinters and moisture damage.
 
A new deck can improve the appeal and value of your home. To get started with the design of your perfect deck, contact Harco Exteriors, LLC, today.
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