Winter can be the best time to plan out that gorgeous decks you’ve been envisioning. There are quite a few factors to consider when planning the perfect deck, like material, size, style, and add-ons. Planning during winter is a great way to save money as you can begin to quote out all the labor and items needed. Continue reading →
Since it’s fall and we’re positive you headed our advice and decided to build a deck now, let’s take a look at how deck design can be the number one way to personalize your deck.
Deck design is probably the last thing people think about when it comes to uniqueness. Most people just replace their current deck, or want all 15’ boards because their deck will be 15’ wide. The traditional design could be a result of a need to install a deck quickly and easily, or just because it’s what everyone else has. Continue reading →
You’re planning to build your deck, you ask your buddies and read the thousands of deck blogs and everyone seems to give you VERY different answers about what is the proper gap spacing you should be using for all your boards. The reason there’s so many answers is because there are many variables that dictate what gap spacing to use. In short, there’s no one answer that fits all but here are a few things to take into consideration.
We’ve already discussed fire pits and how they can make a great addition to your deck and outdoor living space, but the fire pit alone may not be enough to create the idyllic environment you’re aiming to create. In order to maximize the evening hours and to make your deck even more inviting, the addition of lighting is very important and will prolong the evening ambiance while keeping everyone safe.
Fall is fast approaching and in many parts of the country, the temperatures are starting to get lower at night. This can mean only one thing: Fire pits. The fall fire pit is part of a tradition that gathers people around a warm area to sip a cup of hot coffee, chocolate, or tea and to enjoy each other’s company. Your patio or deck is already an area where people naturally gather, and during the summer, it was the place to be! Now, by adding a fire pit, it is also an ideal gathering place to be during the fall.
We get it, exotic hardwoods are expensive. It’s natural for you to want to save your pennies and order just the right amount of material for your deck, but this is probably one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Materials like decking aren’t made to fit exact specifications; they are crafted on-site by cutting each board to meet the dimensions of your design. It’s these characteristics that necessitate ordering extra material just in case something happens. The extra material ordered is normally between 10% and 15% of your original amount and is referred to as “waste.” Continue reading →