Spring is just around the corner and it’s the perfect season to get ready for outdoor living. With the snow beginning to melt, springtime is the perfect time to start tackling any DIY outdoor projects. One of the most common types of home development people do this time of year is developing their outdoor living space.
Adding a deck is a classic home remodel, which can not only provide functional, outdoor space, but also help to increase your home’s value. If you’re thinking of building one yourself, you may have some questions such as “Is it worth it?” and “How much does a deck cost?” Well, here are some things to consider when constructing a deck.
Reasons to Build a Deck
Building a deck adds value to your home. Curb appeal is a major factor for most buyers, and having an outdoor deck can elevate the look and functionality of your home. And having an area outside for entertaining will allow you and your family to enjoy outdoor activities or gatherings with your friends, especially during the summer.
Things to Consider When Building A Deck
- Permits: The first step to any home remodel is to know what you are legally permitted to do. You should always know exactly where the property line is and check to see if your state requires you to obtain a permit. In some cases, you may need to provide blueprints in order to get one. Being clear on the law will help prevent problems down the road.
- Foundation: A proper foundation will ensure that the deck doesn’t pose any safety hazards or instability. It will also make sure that the deck is durable enough to withstand the elements. In some places where the winters are especially cold, it’s recommended that you establish the foundations about 4 or 5 feet below ground level where your base is. One good method is to use pile foundations, which can be screwed into the ground.
- Deck Materials: Most decks are constructed using either wood or composite material. Examples of wood types include red cedar, hemlock and douglas fir, to name a few. Wood is more vulnerable to the elements but can last longer with certain treatments like pressure treating or treating with mineral-based powder wood.
Composite material for decking is much more durable and longer-lasting than wood. It also tends to be quite a bit more expensive. One example of a composite material for decks would be recycled plastic composite decking boards, which is actually made to resemble wood.
How Much Does a Deck Cost?
The cost of building a deck can vary from project to project, but the average cost is roughly $25 per square foot. Depending on the size and building materials used, most homeowners spent anywhere from $4000 to over $10,000. Instead of hiring a professional company, building your own is a great way to reduce the overall cost of building a deck.