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Top Mistakes in Deck Building — an article on the Smart Living Network
February 6, 2015 at 12:23 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Top Mistakes in Deck Building

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There are a number of mistakes to avoid when building your beautiful new deck that you’ll be able to enjoy for years. It’s wise to conduct all the research you can before you begin any large-scale home renovation project, so here are a few of the top mistakes that homeowners make when building new decks, such as:
Not sticking to a firm budget. It can be very easy to get carried away when choosing how big you want your deck to be, what kind of materials you want to use, and what features you’ll want to include, such as a pergola or an arbor. However, it is important to save money for other items such as patio furniture and other important additions, as well as a bit of a cash cushion in case of emergency. Write a budget down and keep careful track of what money goes where.
Not leaving room for installations. This isn’t just a monetary issue, but a physical space issue as well. If you’re planning on installing a hot tub, a barbeque station, pool access, benches, planter boxes, an outdoor kitchen, or a fire pit, you’re going to have to make sure that there is sufficient room for these installations. A crowded deck can be the very opposite of relaxing.
Not taking certain objects on your property into consideration. Be aware of your septic system, power lines, gas lines, doors and windows, and landscaping features such as sprinklers, fountains, flora, and ponds. Carelessness on your or a contractor’s part could result in a very expensive, unpleasant, and possibly dangerous situation.
Not taking any children or pets in the household into consideration. Don’t forget about your kids or your furry friends when deciding what goes where when building your deck--safety is key, after all. Ensure that if you build your deck around a hot tub or pool, that you put precautions, such as childproof gates, in place to prevent accidents.
Not obtaining the correct permits. It has happened before--a homeowner will build a deck without a permit and be then fined, or even worse, made to tear down their beautiful new deck. Avoid this incredibly frustrating and expensive hassle by ensuring that all the paper work is in order before breaking ground. Of course, many high-quality contractors will often take care of the permits for you, but don’t rely on that assumption--double-check before any construction takes place.

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