Summer means time outside for many homeowners. Imagine a cook-out with friends, snuggling with your sweetheart watching shooting stars, or having a backyard camp-out with the kids. A deck is an ideal spot for this.

Are you dreaming of deck time, but dreading the construction and maintenance required? Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or plan to hire a contractor, remember these tips to help make your new deck a breeze.


• Use free online design tools. The websites of home improvement stores like Lowe’s host their own deck designers, and an online search for “deck design tools” will turn up many other free options.

• Talk to a local building department. You don’t want your project to face being shut down by the building inspector for not following building codes. This can mean a costly and time-consuming break down and rebuild of your project. Stick to code to ensure a safe deck.

Decks often can be completed in a weekend or two of work, so start making plans now for a summer of enjoyment.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.