Even if you start with modest
expectations for your deck, it
is worthwhile to plan for
amenities you might want to add
- Good instructions. Follow the standard guidelines for spacing beams, posts, and joists. Not only is fudging on spacing unsafe and shortsighted, but you may also have to start over if local codes require approval from a building inspector.
- Professional advice. Before you build, show the plan to a qualified contractor for approval. This will prevent problems and you might get some ideas for making the deck better.
- Utilities. If you want electricity, gas, or water on or around the deck, first establish the location of these utilities. Do the preliminary work before building the deck.
- Sun patterns. Knowing the seasonal patterns of the sun will help you determine the deck's exact position. It also shows where you might need shade structures or if you need to remove elements that block sunlight.
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