TORONTO, April 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The beautiful summer weather means barbecues, grilling and outdoor fun. A great way to make your home an entertaining mecca for family and friends is to have a well-built, low maintenance deck. Besides adding to the atmosphere of your backyard, a deck actually increases the square footage of your home.
But before you run out and buy materials for this new space, here are a few things you should consider:
• First things first: make sure you know what you can and cannot do based on your local building codes. This is especially true for all you do-it-yourselfers out there. Structural stability, location and size are main factors to consider before the first post goes in place.
• Don’t overbuild the deck. A huge deck next to a small house looks odd and can even detract, rather than add, to the resale value of your home. That’s why designers generally scale the size of the deck to the size of the home. If you really think you need a lot of extra space, build the deck in several layers. This will break up the expanse and also add some character to your entertaining area.
• A low maintenance deck could be well worth a little extra cost—especially if you do a lot of entertaining. The deck needs to be able to stand up to traffic, moving furniture back and forth, kids, pets, pool parties….you get the picture.
• Shy away from boring lines in the deck boards. Mix and match the layout to create some diagonal patterns, inlaid designs or other features to bring some life to your deck. Give it personality!
• Consider functionality. Adding built-in benches, planters, even built-in cup holders in the railing can enhance your entertaining space.