Before you can actually begin building a deck, there will be many preliminary steps that you have to take, including laying out plans, securing permits and pricing building materials in Seattle. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you head to the hardware store to get everything you need:
- Think about what your primary uses will be: Before you can start your deck planning in earnest, you first need to ask yourself how you intend to use your deck. If you plan on using the space mostly for the entertaining of guests at garden parties and backyard barbecues, you will probably need a deck large enough to hold a table or two, in addition to grilling equipment and an area for prep and storage. If you are building an entertainment deck, keep in mind that this type of deck will have to be heavily reinforced in order to support the weight of the equipment and heavy foot traffic. On the other hand, if you know that your deck area will be used primarily for lounging and relaxation, you will need to choose a comfortable location to build your deck and set up your outdoor furniture. Depending on your preference, this will mean building your deck in an area that takes advantage of the sun during the day, or under a large tree so that you have ample shade.
- Get the lay of the land, and then work around it: If your backyard is sloped, it will be more advantageous in the long run to build a multi-level deck. If you have a backyard full of healthy trees, you can include them in your deck design, leaving a large enough area around the base of each tree so that the roots have ample access to water and air. You will then have a built-in fixture that can provide shade, or serve as the reinforcement for a tire swing. A small neighborhood with compact backyard spaces is an opportunity to scheme a design that does less with more, and you can include a tall vertical fence around your deck for increased privacy.
- Make sure you have secured permits and know codes: Before you begin construction on your deck, you will have to know all of the codes and regulations that are in place in your neighborhood so that you can be in compliance from the very beginning. The last thing you want is to be well underway on your deck project, only to find out that you will have to scrap your plans because a certain aspect or addition won’t be approved. Gather as much information as possible about city and state building codes, as well as any restrictions that may have been mandated by your local homeowner’s association.
When you are ready to begin construction of your deck, head on over to Stewart Lumber & Hardware Co. for all of your composite decking and building materials in Seattle. In addition to all of the tools and materials you will ever need, our knowledgeable staff has the expertise to guide you on your project, ensuring the ultimate satisfaction with the deck that you build.