I may offend a few die-hard gardeners out there but I am one hundred percent committed to the belief that an amazing backyard is built around the usable space. If you don’t have a spot to sit outside with family and friends and enjoy the roses, then those blooms are a wasted opportunity! It’s time to consider finding the deck & patio builders for your next renovation project.
But as the leaves begin to change, big outdoor projects tend to take the back burner. Its a little known secret that fall is actually the best time to rework your outdoor space. Not only do you get to build on firm and dry ground, but unlike building in the springtime, you also don’t have to worry about disturbing your growing garden. And as stores look to clear out their summer stock, you’ll see major sales on dream outdoor furnishings.
Why not make the most of this crisp season by upgrading your space to extend your outdoor enjoyment into the cooler months and to get ahead on next year’s to-do list?
Remodeling Magazine (2014) released a study showing that the return on investment for a wood deck is 87%, surpassing all indoor renovations. This means that for every dollar that you spend on a deck, you’ll get up to .87 back. That’s really important when deciding where to allocate the renovation budget.
According to the Gallop Organization, a good deck can increase a home’s perceived value by up to 10% by increasing the available living space. A potential buyer will often consider a home with a smaller square footage if they know that they have the use of an outdoor room.
When it comes to costs, decks will always be the “less expensive option” in creating an outdoor living space when compared to patios. Even if you choose high-end materials, the labour required to install a deck is less, helping to reduce your overall cost.
Decks also allow for more creativity in location. Because the actual structure is built above the ground, obstacles like tree roots, wet ground, and even big slopes can be easily overcome.
Traditionally, the lifespan of a wood structure is about 7-8 years if its not cared for. The good news is that this average is getting longer with more options coming into the market. Pressure treated wood is among the most durable options and we’re seeing new technology appear in products like MicroPro Sienna which uses smaller molecules in the stain to get the rich brown colour deeper into the wood, preserving it longer. It looks just like cedar, but at half the cost. And it doesn’t take much to maintain! Best yet, it’s the environmentally preferable alternative, putting it ahead of competing options in price, style, and eco-responsibility.
Ultimately, we all want a backyard that looks great. When it comes to aesthetics, decks are the best option for blending with fences, pergolas and arbours, which are traditionally made of wood.
This fall, ask yourself what space on your property could yield more use and enjoyment. And if you’re on the fence about whether it’s time to on that big project, keep in mind my 10% rule: you can work on a budget while increasing the value of your home and creating a space that your whole family can enjoy!
Now that you know the value of what good deck can bring you, it’s time to plan for your spring renovation project. Start by finding the right professional for the job by using the eieihome directory of deck & patio builders!