Things to Consider Before Building a Deck

When you want to build your own deck you need to put a lot of thought into. You need to set up a budget, select the necessary material, find a spot to build it and most importantly you should know whether the project is a DIY or you need professional help. Here are some of the things you need to take into consideration before building a deck.


First, you need to figure out the purpose of building a deck. You might want to build a deck because you want a dining area, a pool or spa surround, grow a patio garden close to your house or even just because you want some privacy.


Deciding the location of your deck is an essential part of building a deck. The main factors which can decide the location of your deck are listed below:

  • Size of lot
  • Microclimates
  • Sun and shade
  • Wind
  • Rain and snow
  • View
  • Privacy
  • Proximity to house


Money is the deciding factor of your project. Here are some of the things you need to take into consideration regarding budgeting:

  • Size of your deck
  • The extras you will be needing like built-in seating, flower boxes, etc.
  • Choice of decking boards
  • The most important thing is to decide whether you need a professional or you will do it yourself

Decking Material

Whenever you think of decking, the first thing that pops in your mind is wood. However, wood is not always the decking material used. Besides wood, you can always use composite decking which is made from recycled plastic and wood fiber.

LegalĀ  Requirements And Building Codes

Before deeply indulging in your project make sure it is legal, for that the blueprints of your project should be approved by your city or county.