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Three things to consider before building a deck

By Brittany Freebairn

About to take advantage of the upcoming spring selling season and list a property for sale? You’re likely wondering what types of changes and additions you can make to your home before it’s on the market. 

If you’ve got a decent amount of space in your backyard, you might want to think about building a deck or patio area. This can become a unique selling point for your home and something to show off while your property is on the market in the warmer months.

Before you decide to grab your toolkit and head to the nearest DIY store, you’ll need to consider a few factors first.

Does it suit my home?

Own a modern property with a shiny, steel look? It might not be such a good idea to tack on a Mediterranean inspired patio complete with terracotta tiling and statues. Instead, pick a design for your patio or deck area that will complement the aesthetic of your home.

If your home is modern, use a mixture of concrete and wood or steel to tie in with the existing design. For older properties, the softness of a wooden deck or light coloured tiles could be a great choice.

Do I have enough shade?

We all know about the harsh rays of the Australian sun – especially when summer time rolls around. As such, it’s important to keep ourselves and our belongings safe and under some shade.

If you plan to spend a lot of time outside on your deck or patio area, consider installing a covering, such as a roof with louvre blades. For a less permanent option, a big umbrella or pop-up gazebo is a simple solution.

There’s always the option of placing your deck or patio area near existing trees in your backyard. Tie a hammock up and you’ve got the ultimate shaded space to relaxing during the warmer months!

Will I break my budget? 

Like all renovations or home projects, you’ll need to set a budget before you begin. If you don’t, you run the risk of spending too much.

However, getting your budget to fit your ideas can be hard. This is when you might need to make a couple of sacrifices in order to stick with the amount you’ve outlined.

Perhaps you could change the material you use to a lower cost version. You could also opt to do parts of the work yourself or with a friend to save a few dollars on hiring help.

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