Adding a patio or deck to your home can transform a boring and empty backyard into a lovely, comfortable spot to bond with family or spend some “me” time. If you don’t have one yet, now is the best time to invest in this upgrade. You’ll find that a patio or deck construction may just be what you need to fully enjoy outdoor living. Here are more reasons to have one built in your home:
- Extends your living area. Maximizing your home’s available space is easy with a new patio or deck, which serves as an extension of your living area. Because it makes your home bigger and allows for smoother foot traffic, entertaining a large number of people is a breeze. That backyard barbecue and potluck you’ve been planning with the neighbors will become super easy to accommodate everyone: Just add some comfortable, weather-resistant furniture and other personal touches to complete your look.
- Adds more value to your home. Because it helps boost curb appeal and offers a number of great functions, having a patio or deck built is a financially sound decision. A new patio or deck doesn’t just look good, it also helps increase your home’s value. This is especially handy when you’re planning to sell–but then again, why would you want to?
- Offers a space for non-stop outdoor fun or relaxation. A patio or deck provides the perfect entertainment space during weekends or holidays. If you invest in a covered option, you won’t even have to worry about the sun’s glare and heat, or a sudden downpour. You can still enjoy spending time outdoors no matter the weather.
- Allows for easy maintenance. Nowadays, patios and decks use better, more durable materials, which makes cleaning and maintenance relatively worry-free.
As with other home improvement projects, deck and patio construction requires careful planning. You need to work with a reliable, experienced general construction company to ensure it’s properly and sturdily built. A permit is almost always required in a deck or patio construction, so makes sure your contractor applies for one.
One of the most important decisions you’ll make is your choice of decking material. The most popular options include pressure-treated wood, composite and traditional cedar or redwood. Weigh each material’s benefits and relate them to your needs and budget. It’s a good idea to choose a decking material that’s durable and maintenance-free. To spruce up the space and make it even more comfortable and functional, add some good ambient lighting, plants, quality furniture, an outdoor kitchen or even a water feature. Work closely with your contractor for the best options.
If you’re planning a home remodeling project this season, make sure to focus on your exteriors. Just make sure you choose a pro to handle the work.