With financial markets in flux of late, “Is my timing right for a home improvement?”, you may ask.
If the home improvement you have in mind is a deck, the answer is yes – a deck will add value to your home – and immediately increase the value of your life and leisure outdoors.
Decks Have The Proven Power To Enhance And Improve Your Home In Ways That Nothing Else Can
Fort Wayne area homeowners who may be thinking about adding a deck are wondering if a deck will increase the value of your home.
Among our Archadeck Outdoor Living clients who’ve already added a deck and are now enjoying it, many will answer, “Yes, it certainly will!”
How Do Decks Add Value To Your Home?
There are several ways to answer this query because value means different things in different contexts to different people.
When you ask about “value,” the first thing that comes to mind is most likely a financial benefit, especially if you plan to sell your home.
But remember this. Whether you’re going to list your home or hope to stay there forever, adding a deck increases your home’s value in more ways than one.
Getting Right To The Bottom Line, Adding A Deck Will Very Likely Increase Your Home’s Value
As an Indiana homeowner, when it’s time to sell your home, you hope to recoup the money you spent to add a deck. Well, the good news is that according to the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Landscape Professionals, a new wood deck will recover 106% of its value when the house is sold.
What Are The Most Important Things To Remember When Adding A Deck To My Home?
- Deck Placement and Positioning: Getting your new deck project right begins with proper planning as to the placement and positioning of the structure. The best way to approach this process is by determining your goals and how you want the deck to function. This will help you decipher how you want the new deck to tie in and be incorporated with your home.
Consider the other existing features of the outside of the home such as landscaping, a pool, and even the shape of the yard. Making sure the deck fits in with everything else you already have is one of the many ways to improve your backyard. If you want a deck to function as an entertaining area, there may be unique ways to enhance the functionality of the deck by choosing a layout that increases an efficient utilization of space or offers other custom features.
- Deck Height: The height of your deck can be determined by several factors. The contour of your property or the height of the home’s exit will impact the final height of the deck. However, you do have options when it comes to choosing the height of your new deck.
Some homes with daylight basements may have landscaping that allows for a higher deck. Bi-level homes may also feature patio doors that are well above ground level. Even in these scenarios, the height of a deck can be customized. Decks with multiple tiers offer a unique aesthetic and create a more gradual descent to ground level and reduce the need for a long flight of stairs.
- Deck Plan: When you are considering a new deck, think about your plans for the structure. Not only will this affect your final decisions on the placement and positioning of the structure, but it will also impact the size and shape of the deck. How much seating do you want or need? How many people will typically utilize the structure at one time? Do you want to use the deck as an eating area for the family?
Thinking about questions like these can help you figure out the overall deck plan and layout that will best suit your needs. By determining the answers to these questions ahead of time, you can help ensure that the end result of the project functions how you intended.
- Material and Style: When choosing the building materials with which your new deck will be constructed, be sure to think in a long-term context. You will want to choose materials that weather well and can withstand years of abuse from the elements.
There are multiple choices when it comes to deck materials. However, vinyl decking and synthetic composite decking are options many homeowners are upgrading to because of their superior weather resistance, low maintenance, and overall durability.
Thinking about these things to consider when adding a deck to your home will help you get started in the planning phase of your brand new deck addition. In addition to working through these considerations, collaborating with an experienced home improvement contractor is a fantastic way to keep your project planning, and implementation, on track.
Increase Your Home’s Footprint By Adding More Functional Living Space With A Screened In Deck
When you decide to add a deck, you are effectively creating a whole new room for your home. You can repurpose this new outdoor room to fit any need you may have.
Many area homeowners love to use their outdoor living spaces as places to get together with family and friends, while some like to use it as a kids' play area, or even a dining area.
Save Money On Energy By Adding A Deck To Your Home
Once your new deck is completed, you will be staying outdoors longer. Another great benefit of this is that you can save money on energy bills as you will have less need for air conditioning during warmer months while you let nature provide those cooling, refreshing breezes just a step or two from your home interior.
Often homes stay hot even after the sun goes down and so having an outdoor space to relax on can help you beat the summer heat and enjoy the evening breezes.
Should I Cover My New Deck Addition?
A covered deck is an open air room that’s outdoors, with protection overhead. It’s a place where you can set up all the creature comforts you want to enjoy outdoors including ambient lighting and speakers. You can incorporate even more amenities, like an outdoor kitchen or bar.
Once you have a covered deck, you are only limited by your imagination. You can furnish your deck as you would an indoor room with comfortable outdoor chairs and/or a dining table for meals.
Adding potted plants and flowers to your deck will increase your enjoyment with color and scent; and a fountain can provide subtle, relaxing sound. Also popular right now is adding a drink rail where you and your family can conveniently rest a beverage while spending time together.
How Can You Help Me Decide What Kind Of Deck To Add To My Home?
That’s the easiest question of all to answer. Simply click right here; and let’s get together for a complimentary design consultation.
Craig Whitman, owner Archadeck of Fort Wayne.