Sunday, 13 September 2015 20:25

Why a Deck is a Good Investment When Planning Home Improvements

deck91415According to Remodeling magazine, adding a deck to your home can return 80.5% on average of your original investment. This high value of return makes this exterior addition a good investment because it increases the living area of your home with a minimal cost/square foot. When you consider that new construction of a home costs $85/square foot while deck construction costs $35/square foot according to the National Association of Home Builders, adding this outdoor structure is an affordable way to gain space.

Adding personal and property value
For consumers who are looking to spend more time at home enjoying their property, a decking project adds personal value as it promotes more time outside. A deck is an area you don't have to worry about heating and cooling and it gives you a feeling of having more space in your home than you truly have because it's easy to walk out onto the structure, relax in exterior living areas and take in the view. During the nice weather of spring, summer and fall, you can spend extra hours outside breathing in fresh air, hosting parties and having family picnics from the safety and security of your decking.

Choosing the size and location
The first step in any decking project is choosing the size and location for the structure. Decks are popular gathering areas so make sure it's easy to access from the home, such as through French doors from the living room, family room or dining room. Placing it right off the kitchen may seem like a logical choice, but it can create foot traffic issues when you're trying to prepare a meal. Having the doorway access in a spot that provides a stunning view even when you can't be out on the deck is a good idea too.

When it comes to deciding on the size of a decking project, check with local codes first and then make sure that your deck doesn't overwhelm your property while still being large enough to be usable and visible. Plan the deck with stairways that provide easy access to the backyard and incorporate the location of shade trees in your planning to help block the hotter, late day sun. Keep privacy in mind when choosing size and location as well.

Adding decks to homes is what Woodscape Construction excels at, so contact us first when you're considering a decking project for your home.