As we approach the end of winter and the signs of spring start to appear, it’s the perfect time to start planning that gorgeous deck you’ve been dreaming about during the cold months. By initiating the process now, you’ll ensure a smoother, quicker, and more efficient construction phase, allowing you to fully enjoy your finished deck throughout the summer season.
Keep in mind that as we move closer to spring and summer, contractors, architects, and suppliers become busier. Materials might be in high demand, leading to potential shortages, and even obtaining permits can take longer due to the increased workload. Therefore, early planning will help you avoid these potential challenges.
Constructing a deck, patio, or outdoor living space is a significant undertaking that should not be rushed into without careful consideration. Take the time to think about how you want to utilize the space and what you hope to gain from it. The more thought and planning you invest now, the more satisfied you’ll be with the final outcome.
To begin, sit down and make a detailed list of the essential features your deck must have, the elements you would like to include, and even the aspects you dream about. Consider sketching a quick layout as well. Afterward, set the list aside for a couple of days and revisit it with fresh eyes. You might discover a few changes or improvements to be made.
The next crucial step is to find a reliable contractor to bring your vision to life. Take the time to research and consider the following tips for selecting the right contractor:
- Check their credentials and qualifications.
- Read reviews and seek recommendations from trusted sources.
- Assess their experience and portfolio of completed projects.
- Request and compare multiple bids from different contractors.
Once you’ve chosen your contractor, or have a shortlist of potential candidates (hopefully including Castle Crest Construction), schedule a meeting to discuss your ideas and show them your sketches. A good contractor should provide input and ideas rather than simply agreeing to build whatever you want. Unless you’ve already engaged a design professional and possess a complete drawing and spec sheet, their professional expertise should include suggestions on design and suitable materials. If you’re comparing bids, ensure you’re comparing apples to apples by examining what each contractor includes or excludes in their proposals.
As a professional contractor, I strongly advise against rushing through the planning stage. It’s much more cost-effective and time-efficient to make changes on paper prior to construction rather than altering plans during the building process.
With a contractor secured and a rough design and budget in mind, it’s time to collaborate closely with them to maximize the value and enjoyment you’ll derive from your new deck. Consider the following aspects:
How do you plan to use the deck? Will it mainly serve as a space for entertaining guests? Consider the size and layout needed to accommodate your gatherings comfortably.
Take note of the sun’s path—where does it rise and set? This information will help you optimize the deck’s placement for sunlight and shade. Design features like awnings, pergolas, or strategic tree planting can provide additional shade as needed.
Make the most of your land’s natural slope, sunlight, and shade to enhance the overall design and functionality. A skilled contractor can suggest creative solutions to utilize the existing landscape effectively.
Decide whether the deck should be on the ground, resembling more of a patio, or if you prefer a multi-level structure. Multi-level decks can offer distinct zones for dining, lounging, and other activities.
Determine the shape of the deck—square, rectangle, hexagon, round—and the appropriate size to meet your needs. Consider factors like available space, aesthetics, and functional requirements.
For a free consultation call Nick 936-548-6814 or email Nick Shelton