Take On The Role Of A Contractor In Your Home

As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.

Planning Your New Deck: Is Bigger Better? And Other Decking Trends

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Outdoor living space is becoming a vital part of the average house -- and that often means beautiful decks. In fact, 2015 is likely to see a lot of growth for deck builders, so it's a great time for homeowners to start thinking about expanding, remodeling or adding a deck.

Decks can be a difficult project for a do-it-yourselfer, so most homeowners hire a contractor to help plan and build. It doesn't hurt to do some research on your own before consulting with a contractor, so you have some general ideas of what you want. This will help your contractor assist you with finalizing what you want and come up with a reasonable cost estimate for the project.

Here are some decking trends for 2015 to consider as you make your plans:

1. Bigger decks.

Homeowners want to be able to stay outdoors when the weather allows, and they want areas of the deck to reflect the things they do: eat, cook, socialize and rest. Thus, larger deck spaces are becoming more popular. When thinking size, don't forget a few things:

  • Don't go too big. The deck shouldn't rival the house for square footage.
  • Keep some shade. Entertaining and relaxing is easier with a canopy, awning or roof of some sort over a portion of the deck.
  • Add lighting. If you can use the deck in the evening or at night, you'll get even more use from the space.
  • Remember that bigger takes more time. Your contractor won't be able to build a huge, multi-layered deck in a couple days. Planning and building will take weeks or even months.

2. More curves.

It is easier to build decks with more curved areas because of the flexibility of alternative decking materials. Curving wood is tricky, takes a lot of time and can lead to less durable wood in wetter climates. But composite materials are much easier to shape and will hold up well no matter what.

Decking contractors can also use new tools and computer-aided design to create plans with curves that are easy to build.

3. Elaborate iron railings.

Wood and composite materials just don't have the same impact as a beautiful iron railing. Iron and other metals are used, sometimes with wood, to make decks safer as well as more attractive.

Iron is also easier to maintain than wood, and can be easier to run cables and wires through for outdoor lighting.

Whatever your dreams for your outdoor living space, your deck contractor can accommodate them. As you look online, in publications and in real life, take note of what you prefer and share that with your contractor during the planning process. To learn more, contact a company like Anvil Iron Works, Inc.

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23 December 2014