Picking the right size for your deck depends on a number of things. Check out what’s most important to consider when determining the deck size that will work best for you!
The Size of Your Yard
This is probably one of the most important considerations for your deck design. If you have a large yard, you may not have limits on how large or small you can build your deck. But if your yard is small or shaped unconventionally, you may have a tougher time designing a deck that is fully functional. Don’t plan for a deck that takes up most or all of your yard unless you’re alright with losing that free yard space.
Tip: Decks that are on the second floor of your home (like with homes that have an above-ground/walk-out basement) can be built to take up a good amount of your yard if desired, because they offer plenty of yard space below the deck that can be used for anything from storage to outdoor leisure activities.
If you live in a developed community, it’s important to first check the local regulations for outdoor home improvements and construction. Some communities have specific rules for decks and patios, and you’ll need to be aware of these before designing your deck. If your home is not in a community regulated by a homeowner’s association, you’ll likely have all the creative freedom you’d like when planning for and building your deck.
The Purpose of Your Deck
When choosing a size for your deck, you must also consider what you’d like to use the deck for. After all, you’re building the deck so you can use it, right? If you’re simply looking for a cozy outdoor space to relax in, a small deck will suffice. If the purpose of your deck is to entertain lots of guests and enjoy meals outside, consider a larger deck with different areas for grilling, dining, and lounging. If you have children, it’s smart to consider not only how much yard space should be left free for their outdoor activities, but also how they will be using the deck as well.
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