Home Improvement: building a deck in your backyard
July 15, 2014
From Leslieville to Parkdale and from Riverdale to Little Italy, we are all looking to maximize our outdoor space, even if it’s just a postcard size backyard. One of the most common is to build a deck off the back, a great idea for seating, grilling and even a hot tub, depending on space. Decks can be troublesome, but here’s what you need to know if you’re considering building a deck to enjoy the spring and summer months.
Assuming you want something that’s both legal and sound (two things that are definitely ideal in a deck) you’ll need more than some two by fours and a nail gun.
Mark Weisleder recently wrote an informative column addressing 7 questions you need to ask before building a deck. Among the questions, do I need a permit? (Chances are, yes, you do!). Does size matter? (Yes, for a number of reasons – it isn’t just what you do with it).
One of the most important questions he addresses is – do you hire a professional or do it yourself? Weisleder recommends using an expert – “beware that if the deck is not properly secured to your home, it could lead to water in the basement later.” You’re going to be spending a decent chunk of cash on the project – you don’t want to waste it on something that will need to be replaced two or three years down the line.
That brings me to my next point – let’s assume you’re going to hire someone to build that deck. How much should it cost?
Jessica Piha, a spokeswoman for Porch.com, a website that helps homeowners find the right contractor tells AOL Real estate (yes AOL is still around!) that a cheap deck can be had for a little as $1000, but the average deck costs $8,300. Duane Draughon, a design specialist at VizX Design Studios, says that it’s the extras that push the price up.
A well-built deck or patio can increase the value of your home, so it’s worth spending some time and thought planning it so that it really is an outdoor living space.