Now that we have finally put away the coats, gloves, hats, shovels and snowplows and have traded them in for sprinklers, swimsuits, grills and lawn chairs, it’s time to start thinking about building some impressive Pittsburgh decks.
Just by adding a patio or deck to your home, you will not only add to the value of your house, but you will reap the benefits that having a great patio or Pittsburgh deck gives you and your family.
You will need to plan in advance in order to build remarkable Pittsburgh decks. Whether you plan on building it yourself or hiring a professional, your Pittsburgh deck plan will serve as the guide through construction. You do not need to be an expert to draw up your plan – a hand drawn sketch will be sufficient enough to help figure out what materials are needed, obtain a permit and be a general guide for yourself or your contractor.
Next you will need to figure out how your deck will lay out in relation to the house. Keep the following factors in mind: the home’s design, access in and out of the house, existing trees or gardens, slope of the yard, if a new door has to be put in, and the space you have available to build within.
You will also need to consider a number of questions when planning to build Pittsburgh decks: How will it attach to the house? How many footings and posts will be needed for support and where will they go? What size beams will be needed? What size will the deck boards be? These answers can be found by some light research or by asking the contractor you choose to build your deck.
After your research is complete you will need to find out if a building permit is necessary. Most municipalities require one, especially if it is going to be attached to your home or more than 30 inches above the ground.
All of the above can get you started in the right direction when it comes to building perfect Pittsburgh decks and you’ll be enjoying that deck in no time!