Often homeowners would like to improve the look of their homes, but they do not want the commitment that comes with landscaping and flower beds. A deck could be a great alternative. They are simple to maintain and will make great use of your space.
Of course there are many other home improvement projects. You can remodel your kitchen, or put on an addition. You could even put in a swimming pool, or a hot tub. What you want to be sure to do is choose the project that will add the most residual value to your home. If there are no other swimming pools in your neighborhood, or an addition will make your house much larger than the rest of the houses on the block, then it is probably a bad choice.
It is hard to go wrong with a deck though. They are relatively inexpensive, they are easy to maintain, and they almost always add to the appeal of the home.
A timber deck extends the useful area of your home without adding to your square footage. They create a great environment for relaxing or entertaining guests. You also get a nice transitional area between home and garden.
Before you jump into your deck building project it is important to realize that there are many decisions that need to be made. From the size and shape of the deck to the materials used. Composite timber has become very popular for decks. It reduces the amount of upkeep and you can forget about splinters. Still, nothing beats the look of cedar so a timber deck may be the way to go. Not to mention that real wood is usually cheaper than the composite alternatives.
The climate you live in is another important factor when deciding between a composite or a timber deck. Frequent rain as well as cold and snow are rather hard on wood. If you live in a climate where you will often see rain and snow it may be best to spend a little extra on a composite deck to save money on maintenance later.
Once you decide on your material it is important to choose an appropriate design. You want to utilize the space well. A timber deck should be an extension of your home. You do not want it to look like an afterthought. It should look like it was always meant to be there. If you take your time and choose the right design, you will have years of enjoyment. If you choose the wrong design you will cringe every time you see it.
So, if you are looking for a way to improve your home, and you don’t have a timber deck this could be just the project for you. It is definitely a project that will add appeal and value. When done correctly you will always get more value out of a timber deck than you spent having it installed. Hire a reliable contractor like Just Decks (a local Gold Coast timber deck builder) and you will be enjoying your new deck before you know it.