After the December deep freeze, for the past week, the weather has actually been rather pleasant in the Overland Park and Kansas City areas. As we’ve been working in the area we’ve seen a lot of people finally heading outdoors again! It’s got us thinking about the busy deck building season ahead, and we want to share some tips if you’re thinking about developing a new outdoor space.
First, consider what you want and why you want it. Having a deck may sound like something you want, but what else could it be? Think about it as more an extension of your living space than as a place outside your home. This might cause you to make some adjustments to what you’re actually seeking. Know your purpose, that way we can help you create a space that actually fits that desire.
Consider the features you want as part of your deck. Once you have the purpose nailed down, think about what you’d like to do on your deck and how you’d like to use it. For example, if you’d like to use your deck in the evenings or at night, getting lighting installed might not be a bad idea. Some people prefer to have things like sound systems installed permanently, and knowing that on the front end will save time later. The right deck builder will also help you consider turning your deck into a screened in porch, protecting you from the elements and insects like mosquitos.
Next, think about the time of year when you want to have the construction (and/or deconstruction as the case may be) completed. Maybe summer is the best time for you, but if you can getting any construction out of the way before getting into the season you want to start using your overland park deck, then getting it done mid-winter might be the right time for you. Or maybe you’re not ready at all yet to undertake a construction project during the middle part of the year. Fall can be a fine time to have the construction done, that way you have most of the year to plan it and set a date with the contractor to get started. Plus, some people will find that they can save some money on their taxes by getting such an improvement project finished before the end of the year.
If you start considering what you want now, you should consider giving your Overland Park deck builder in Alexander Homes a call to get ideas and even an estimate of the cost. This way you can get the details straightened out now, even if you’re not planning to build for a while yet.