Step 1. Determine how you will use your deck and the size you'll need. Do you want separate areas for separate activities such as cooking and eating, lounging, nurturing your greenthumb, or taking shelter under a gazebo? How many people will use your new outdoor living space?
Step 2. Consider the weather and seasons. Is your new deck meant just for summer or to be used more than one season? Will your deck provide access to your yard? What direction does the wind usually blow? Will it be sunny in the morning or afternoon?
Step 3. Complement your home. Choose the decking materials and railings in colors and textures that will look best with your home. Is the style of your home colonial, contemporary, or a seaside bungalow? Curvy, geometric, or straightforward designs and patterns can be as wild or as traditional as you want. Choose recycled products to be the most environmentally friendly.
Step 4. Find the closest retailer of deck materials such as Trex, Ever Grain, and Timber Tech — that's easy, Withers Lumber is nearby! Talk to the friendly folks at Withers Lumber about your budget and plans and they will help you make smart material choices that won't waste your money.
Step 5. Find a local contractor. If you aren't building the deck yourself, or want a professional to work alongside you, find a local contractor here to ensure a beautiful finished project.
Step 6. Enjoy! Not only does a great deck allow you to enjoy the great outdoors in a way that adds value to your home, it's also low-maintenance and stands up to Mother Nature.