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.
Design is the beginning of this wonderful journey of building your deck. Not being able to build in winter because of the bad weather means you have more time to plan and make sure everything is exactly how you want it. It gives you time to work out trickier or more complicated features, like fireplaces, hot tubs, or unique pattern or shapes.
Once your deck is designed you can start pricing out all the components. It’s important to distinguish between needs and wants and to stay within budget. If your priority is a low-maintenance deck, then hardwoods like Ipe, Cumaru, or Tigerwood should be on top of the list. But if you’re looking for all-night entertainment, then lighting, furniture, and a roof should take up the majority of your budget.
Take into account the labor you’ll need. Narrow down your options by researching contractors to find out which ones are reliable and know exactly what they are doing. If you plan on doing it all yourself, then winter is the perfect time to study so you can get everything right the first time.
It isn’t uncommon to find deals on material during the off seasons. Decking is a hot item during the summer because it’s when everyone wants to build a deck. Buying it in advance during winter and carefully storing it could lead to big savings. Similarly, quoting out and booking a contractor in advance can save money and ensure that your deck is finished in spring.
We hope these tips help you out and convince you to start planning your next deck now!