It’s that time of year again! Time to break out your “World’s Best Cook” apron and take up backyard grilling once more, that is. And whether you’re dazzling the neighbors with your grilled pork tenderloin recipe or you’re sipping on lemonade while reading a good mystery, a deck is the perfect summertime spot.

If you’re planning to add a deck this year or your old deck needs replacing, we’ve got you covered with home carpentry services from The Construction Group in Woodbury. In this post, we’re breaking down everything you need to design your perfect summertime hangout. Give us a call to get started on your new deck installation today!

1.   Plan your deck use.

This might seem simple and straightforward enough, but you’d be surprised at how many people just start planning their deck build without putting a whole lot of thought into how they will use it from day to day.

Will your deck function as a warm-weather extension of your living space? Do you plan to hang out around the fire pit while sipping sangria with friends? Plan the amenities and features of your deck around your lifestyle and desired deck use.

2.   Calculate your shade needs.

Don’t just assume that slapping a pergola over the entire deck is the right move. Instead, take a look at where the sun hits your deck at the times of day when you most plan to use it. For example, if you plan to host a lot of dinnertime cookouts, look at where the glare will be the brightest around dinnertime. Visualizing how the sunlight will cast against your deck at certain times of day will allow you to maximize your deck usage.

3.   Check with your HOA.

If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, your association may require approval before building your deck. Consult with your HOA and find out about any regulations or requirements, then make sure your deck design is approved.

4.   Consider your furnishings.

From a design standpoint, treat your deck just like any other room in your home. Make important decisions on furniture placement before starting the build. You’ll also need to think about details like chimineas, grill, planters, and similar features.

Get in Touch With a Minnesota Carpentry Contractor

Are you ready to transform your backyard experience this summer? It’s time to get started on a beautiful, functional deck your whole family will love. Use these tips for how to design a deck and give us a call at The Construction Group. Give us a call at 651-731-5857 or contact us online today!