A backyard deck is one of those things that you don’t know you need until you have it. It expands your living space, maximizes your property, and adds value to your home. As we work our way through winter and into spring, it may be the right time to consider making plans for a new deck addition on your home.
Here’s Why You Need a Deck
When it comes to outdoor living space, you have a number of options. You can go with a patio, gazebo, screened porch, front porch, and other options. And while all of these are great, they aren’t nearly as versatile or practical as a backyard deck. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the specific reasons why you need a deck.
1. Increased Property Value
If you’re an extremely practical person, then the increased resale value a deck brings with it is one of the first things you’ll think about. A deck is a great way to add useable space without spending the premium that comes with adding indoor living space.
“One of the reasons that a deck is such a good investment is because it increases living area at a minimal cost per square foot,” writes John Riha of HouseLogic. “The national average for new construction costs of a two-story, 2,000-square-foot home is about $85 per square foot, according to the National Association of Home Builders. However, the construction costs for a wood deck are less than $35 per square foot.”
While a backyard deck won’t add the same amount of financial value as an indoor addition would, most homebuyers will ultimately pay a premium for outdoor living space when comparing two similar properties. On average, you can expect a 75 percent return on investment when you add a deck to your property.
2. Functional Outdoor Living Space
Adding a deck isn’t always about increasing property value, though. You obviously want to enjoy it in the meantime. The great thing about a deck is that it gives you functional outdoor living space.
Once you build a deck, you’ll probably consider it an extension of your indoor living space. In all likelihood, it will be accessible from your main level and can therefore be used for relaxing, reading, eating, and more. Some people even use decks for outdoor exercise equipment or hot tubs. Depending on the weather and how much coverage you have, an outdoor TV is even a possibility.
3. Aesthetic Appeal
Decks are completely customizable. You can incorporate a number of different designs, stain colors, structures, materials, and accessories. Some people like a simple deck with nothing but a couple of patio chairs, while others prefer to create built-in grilling stations, tables, and outdoor sound systems.
Even when you aren’t using your deck – such as in the wintertime – it can be nice to look out and enjoy the beauty of a well-designed deck. It’s relaxing and enjoyable, especially when your backyard isn’t incredibly enticing prior to the deck addition.
4. Place for Entertaining
Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of having a deck is that it gives you an opportunity to entertain people. Whereas your home may not be large enough on its own to host a large gathering or event, the deck gives you extra space to spill out and entertain. A deck is also ideal when you have children. It allows parents to enjoy a nice area while the kids play in the backyard.
5. More Storage Space
One of the best kept secrets about decks is that it gives the homeowner additional outdoor storage space. In fact, an elevated deck can prevent the need for a storage unit or shed. You can enclose this space and it will essentially act as a basement. Depending on whether you choose to insulate the space or leave it open, you can store anything from lawn mowers and yard equipment to Christmas decorations and building supplies.
6. Less Landscaping Maintenance
Are you one of the millions of homeowners who detest yard work? Well, an outdoor deck addition replaces some of your lawn. This ultimately means you can spend less time mowing the lawn, dealing with weeds, and raking leaves in the fall. It’s a small benefit, but a very practical one for many.
Choosing a Contractor
Before you build your deck addition, you need to carefully consider a number of different things. For example, think about how you want to use your deck. Will it be for entertaining large groups of people, or is it simply intended to be a quiet nook for your family? Do you want a lot of privacy, or is it okay out in the open? Do you want one level with storage underneath, or do you need multiple levels of decking to complete the look? A good contractor can take what you decide and present you with a number of different design options to suit your wants and needs.
But do you know how to find a good contractor? Thousands of people will claim they can build you a quality deck at a reasonable price, but very few actually can. Keep the following suggestions in mind:
- Interview multiple contractors to get a feel for different recommendations and opinions. You’ll get a much better idea of your opportunities this way.
- Always get estimates in writing. If a contractor won’t give you a written estimate, there’s reason to doubt their sincerity and honesty.
- Finally, you should always check references and credentials to ensure a contractor is reliable and trustworthy.
If you keep these three tips in mind, you should be able to find a contractor that will help you design a deck that perfectly fits your needs.
Contact Iron River Construction
At Iron River Construction, we specialize in building beautiful custom decks and four-season porches. If you’ve ever considered a deck addition, now is the time to do something about it. Imagine how wonderful it would be to spend the spring, summer, and fall months outdoors.
For more information regarding the deck building process, please contact us today! We would be happy to meet with you, discuss your needs, and offer a free in-home consultation and quote.