So you have decided to invest in your home and add a porch to make an outdoor living room. Whether this is on a deck or a patio there are some things to consider before the first nail is driven into wood that can make a huge difference in how you enjoy your soon to be new favorite room. Consider these 8 things when you plan your porch and you'll have a room you and enjoy year round.
There's a an old saying "Why pay someone else to do something when I can do it myself?". This questions is asked by thousands of homeowners every year in relation to their deck. It's one thing to have some cracked deck boards that need replacing or a loose handrail, but what about when you have a deck that is unsafe and needs to come down and re-build a new one. Is this a project you can do yourself? Let's look at a few factors to consider when building a deck yourself.
Starting a home renovation project can be a daunting task and one that is very time consuming. You will likely meet with several different contractors and visit multiple vendors to get ideas and research what materials you may want to use. Depending on the type of project you need to be done, you may need to work with designers or architects, but it usually starts with getting some ideas and budgets from a speciality contractor. While a lot can happen over the phone, email and internet, eventually you will want to meet with someone face to face.
Follow these guidelines below to make good use of your time and make sure you are prepared when you finally have a face to face meeting with a contractor.
With spring time almost in full bloom in most parts of the country, many of us are ready to trade in the coat and winter boots for shorts and flip flops, which means we are ready to go outside. And outside is the place to be these days with outdoor living spaces being the trend in most homes. By creating an outdoor living space with either a deck, porch or patio you increase the living space of your home by using the outdoors. Whether it is sipping on ice tea on the porch or using the space for grilling and entertaining, you need an place outdoors to do it. Below are some of the top trends for 2014.
Spring is around the corner and that means that as the temperature increases, so will the amount of time you will want to spend outside. When you walk outside on your deck, do you see an inviting space that is ready for your next BBQ? If your like most people your deck is need of a little TLC. Below we have outlined a few simple steps to point you in the right direction on how to make your deck safer and more enjoyable.