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How to Make the BEST Investment in a Deck or Patio part 2

May 25, 2008
It is important to plan carefully because a deck or patio is a major addition.

You should ask yourself these questions before you get started:

1. Be realistic about your space needs. and ask yourself "How many people will be using the space?" 20 sq. ft. per person-a space that is comfortable but not excessive is the recommended dimensions. Also, consider the amenities you want the space to have.

2. Are you building for entertaining, relaxing or both? If you are using the space for entertaining, you may want to allow more space for built-in seating, circular eating areas, a hot tub or spa.

3. You may also want to allow more space for built-in seating, circular eating areas, a hot tub or spa and If you are entertaining you may want to create a built-in cooking center.

4. If your deck or patio is for family use, a modest, economical size patio or deck big enough for dining and relaxing outdoors may serve your needs.

5. Also, ask yourself these Other important questions:

a. How will you use the patio or deck?

b. Do you have a fence? Is it high enough to ensure your privacy?

c. Do you want privacy? If so, you need to allow for space for a fence.

d. when will the deck or patio be in use?

e. Is there adequate lighting?

f. Who will be using the patio or deck?

g. This could be VERY important: Is it accessible and safe for small or young children?

A well designed space, large or small, should be determined well before the construction process begins... for this reason, smart Planning is extremely important.

Each year millions of Americans add decks or patios onto their homes for entertainment reasons as well as to add value to their property.

So you can create a patio or deck that adds value (and holds it) for years and also lots of entertainment.

If you choose your professional very carefully and plan very carefully and research your options before you begin and, you will create a patio or deck that will hold its value and will provide years of entertainment!
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About the author: Craig Osborne is a virginia contractor who runs covenant home improvements, the best home improvement contractor and builder in Virginia.
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