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Now that Nashville’s temperatures are on the rise, it’s hard not to begin thinking of all the time you will be spending outdoors. If your home doesn’t currently have a deck or patio, this is also the time of year when you begin realizing the added benefits of an outdoor space. With endless options available, it can be an overwhelming decision. Here is some guidance on how to best choose a patio or deck design:

 

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Check out online galleries and begin choosing deck designs and characteristics that appeal to you. This can range from the most basic plans to exotic ideas and add-ons. It’s your porch, use your imagination.

Set a Budget

Sure you love the idea of an outdoor kitchen space, but is it within your price range? Decide on a budget and prioritize your desires. Between material options, labor and design complexity, the cost of a new deck can vary.

Decide What You are Looking to Achieve

Is your deck going to be used mostly for entertaining or as more of a private space? This decision will help guide you towards design options that best fit your desired outcome.

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Take a look at the deck designs that helped inspire you and decide exactly what you want your deck to look like. Do you want it simply as an extension of your home or to blend in with the landscape? With countless options to choose from, it’s important that you have an idea of what you would like the end result to be.

Restrictions

Do your research to ensure that your new deck design is in line with any neighborhood regulations. Many homeowner associations may have restrictions regarding home additions and depending on your location, you may also be required to obtain a building permit. These are simple issues that can turn into big annoyances if not properly handled up front.

Reaching out to your favorite home improvement company can help assist with the decision making process. They can offer ideas that may help alleviate costs with the additional benefit of knowing what will work best for your home. Give us a call with any questions you may have and be sure to consider us when looking to create your home’s new outdoor space.