A deck is a versatile outdoor space. You can use it as an outdoor kitchen, lounging area or dining area. It can also be added to increase your home’s value.
To ensure your deck is functional and appealing, it must be the appropriate size.
One of the first questions home remodelers will ask you is about the purpose of the deck. If you will be using it for lounging, the size of your deck should be based on the measurements of lounging chairs. If you will be setting up your deck as an outdoor dining space, consider the size of furniture you need. Deck dining requires a larger space to fit a dining table and chairs. You also have to consider how many guests you typically host during dinners.
If you want a deck specifically designed for grilling, you have to consider the cooking appliances you need to install on your deck. What size and type of grill do you need? Apart from the floor space, you also have to check the required clearance of your preferred type of grill.
Size of Your Home
Another thing that interior remodelers will take into account is the size of your home. As a rule of thumb, your deck shouldn’t be larger than 20% of your house’s square footage.
You may need to obtain a permit before building your deck. It’s also wise to check local building codes before planning your deck. Be mindful of lot restrictions as these can limit how close your deck can be to your neighbors’ property. The location of a septic tank, well or drain field can also affect how far your deck can extend from your home.
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