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Planning the Perfect Deck

A perfectly designed deck involves meticulous planning and execution. If you’re eager to start enjoying a new deck this summer, now is the time to start planning. No matter how often you expect to utilize your deck and for what purposes, here’s how you plan for your dream deck:


1. Decide the Deck’s Purpose

The first thing you’ll want to do is decide on the primary use for your deck. Will you use it to sit and relax on your own while reading a book, or do you want to use it as an entertainment space where friends and family can get together? The purpose of your deck will determine important things like how big it should be, the material it should be made out of, how to design it, and much more.

2. Choose the Right Location

There’s more to deck building than plopping a deck anywhere in the yard. You’ll want to determine the best location for your new deck. Sometimes it’s apparent where the deck should be, but other times, you will need to think carefully about where to put it. Things like microclimates, shade, scenic views, privacy, and house access are all things that will affect the placement of the deck. 

3. Know the Building Codes

Even if you work with a professional MD deck builder who is familiar with your local building codes, it’s still helpful for you to know too, so you can accurately design your deck. You can find out your local building codes by calling town hall or local officials. You may need to have your design approved by your town before you can start any kind of construction. 

4. Don’t Forget Lighting

Lighting creates ambiance for your deck. Sure, you can rely on sunlight, but you can get more out of your deck by incorporating lighting. There are plenty of ways to incorporate additional lighting into your deck, including:

  • Recessed step lights
  • Overhead lighting
  • Landscape spotlights
  • Path Lights
  • String Lights

5. Form and Functionality

Some homeowners want to add more functionality to their new deck. You can make your deck more functional by incorporating built-ins and storage spaces. Built-in storage places can come in a variety of ways, such as storage benches, shelves, or even deck boxes. Talk to your deck builder about your options. 

Start Planning Today!

The building experts at Dragon Scale are here to help you design your perfect deck! Our comprehensive design services take into account your budget, ideas, permits, and construction materials when designing a new deck for your home. Contact us today to learn more about how Dragon Scale can help with your decking project.