Consider a deck

Grilling for friends and family, sunbathing and unwinding under the stars are just a few relaxing activities that can be enjoyed on a deck. Decks improve quality of life at home by providing a comfortable, private outdoor living space for family and guests to enjoy. Decks also offer a welcome change of scenery from a winter of indoor living without having to leave home. Adding a deck to your home can also increase the resale value of the property. There are several different types of decks and combinations of types to consider.

Free standing platform deck

Create an island oasis in your backyard with a free-standing deck. Whether an additional deck, stand-alone away from the house, or just outside the back door, a free-standing deck is not considered an extension of the house, so a permit may not be required if size and height are within limits according to Connecticut General Assembly state building code. Platform decks are the simplest and least expensive type of deck and can be built by an experienced do-it-yourselfer.

Multi-level deck

A multi-level deck can take up a lot of backyard real estate and be the focal point of an elaborate landscape design. Beginning at the back door, a multi-level deck can consist of a variety of adjoining terraces, each with a different purpose that creates a pathway through landscaped lawns or gardens and ends at a playground, pool or dock. A smaller backyard can also enjoy the luxury of a multi-level deck on a smaller scale with fewer levels but just as much beauty and purpose.

Raised deck

Traditional raised decks attached to the back of the house are great for entertaining, grilling or just getting out of the house for some fresh air and sunshine. Because this type of deck is raised it requires railings and stairs unlike a free-standing platform deck or the platforms that might be part of a multi-level deck. Raised decks on a two-story house can act as a roof for a patio below. Otherwise, the area below can be used for storage space. A raised deck can be topped with a pergola or awning for shade or a roof for shade and protection from wet weather.

Because the deck is attached to the house it may require a building permit. If the deck isn't properly fastened to the house, the risk of water damage to the main structure is increased from weather seeping in between the two attached structures. Improper fasteners or building materials could also cause a risk of injury if the deck falls while in use.

Pool deck

Whether it's an above ground or an inground pool, there are many advantages to building a deck around your backyard pool. Keeping your pool clean from muddy feet is a big advantage in regard to pool maintenance. In addition, a deck also provides a place for seating, sunning, eating or just relaxing around the pool. A raised deck around an above ground pool also provides storage space underneath for pool supplies and other gear while side rails or lattice work above the deck provides privacy.

Any type of deck will not only increase property value but also provide a safe sunny space for entertaining and relaxing. To increase entertainment and relaxation decks can be creatively designed to include built-in benches, planters, hot tubs and firepits.

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