Deck Building Part 4: Where Do I Put My Deck?
There's one extremely important question every homeowner needs to answer about a new deck — where should you put it? In our ongoing series about how to make the right decisions about your deck, we're going to take some time and look at deck positioning. Just where around the house does a deck belong? Where could it be a problem? Here are the factors you should keep in mind.
Taking Advantage of Sunlight and Shade
Sunlight and shade can both benefit a deck, but it depends a lot on your climate. Do you tend to have lots of sunlight and hot summers that you want to spend out on the deck? Make sure at least part of your deck is in the shade, or that you create awnings and canopies that you can use to make shade whenever you need it. If you live in a more mild climate, try to position your deck to get maximum sunlight, since shade will often be too cold or damp in these areas. A renovation can easily add shade or clear out trees for more sunlight too!
Putting Your Deck Next to the Right Room
How do you want to use your deck? If you envision having lots of meals and parties there, then it's a good idea to make sure it's close to the kitchen, or at least within a short walking distance of the dining room (outdoor kitchens or bar areas can help with this if you are limited on space). If your deck is meant to be a relaxing or play-related area, positioning it off the living room may be smarter. A lounging deck is most suitable off the bedroom for privacy, while utility deck may work best off the laundry room. When in doubt, remember you can wrap decks around the house to connect them!
Utilizing Your Natural Views
Your deck is the perfect spot to take in views of surrounding nature. If you have a particularly good view of your home — overlooking a river, facing mountains, looking out onto a canyon or canal, etc. — then this is a great place to build your deck. Not only will you get something to look at, but it will also help improve your home value.
Trees and Debris
Generally, try to keep decks away from trees and tall shrubs. They may provide some shade, but they will also litter your deck with leaves, needles and debris. This requires a lot of clean up, can encourage pests, and may damage your deck over time. It's better to avoid trees and anything else that can create debris on your deck when possible — unless you are willing to spend a lot of time on upkeep.
Still thinking about the perfect deck for your home? We can help! Give us a call at Owens Construction to schedule a consultation so we can talk about how to make the right decisions.