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How to Make the BEST Investment in a Deck or Patio part 1

May 22, 2008
Building a patio or deck is an awesome way to increase the value of your home and gives you an excellent way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

Upfront, Practical Suggestions:

Here are a number of suggestions to help make sure that your investment into a patio or a deck is done properly:

1. Keep an eye on your local real estate market to make sure you're making home improvements that home buyers want and will pay for (this is important even if you don't plan to sell anytime soon).

2. Develop a practical budget. A reserve of 10 to 20 percent of your budget should cover unexpected costs or changes.

3. Work with a competent professional who has the time, the tools and experience to handle the complex installation problems. Decks and patios are fairly straightforward home construction projects; however, it is very important to make sure you have good references on the professional that you hire.

4. Be sure to check building codes to learn about specific standards, restrictions and regulations and factor that into Developing a working timeline that allows plenty of leeway to finish the project. In most municipalities, you need a building permit before you begin.

5. keep in mind the architectural style of your home when choosing the shape, style and materials. Try to keep your selection limited to no more than two building materials which actually gives you more flexibility in the construction process and in the final stages.

6. Even a single material will give you a very effective look if combined with the appropriate landscaping and outdoor furniture. Use of too many different materials can lead to the area being too complex and result in a poorly executed construction.

7. Patios and decks have become popular spaces for barbecuing, relaxing, entertaining, and for children's play. Patios and decks are practical and valuable additions, as they typically recoup most of their original construction cost.

So there you have it -- those are some good upfront, practical suggestions you can use no matter what type of deck or patio (or no matter what type of home improvement project) you want to build.
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expert author Craig Osborne is a virginia contractor who owns covenant home improvements, the best home improvement contractor and builder in Virginia .
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