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Every great deck begins with a good solid plan. When considering building a new deck, it is important to start with a clean slate. Usually someone is replacing an existing deck, but that does not mean that one should think about it in the parameters of what they already have. The first thing to look at is, “function.” What does the deck need to do? For example, which doors does it need to service?
Okay, so now you have the green light to make a plan, and trust me, you need a solid plan. If you think you can wing it and sort of make it up as you go, you’re going to run into a whole mess of trouble. You’ll want to start by drafting how much area will be covered on your house, in other words, how long is your ledger board and where does it start and stop? Maybe, your existing deck will already determine this, but if not, you must think about where things are on your house. I mean, you would not want the edge of the deck to be located directly under the middle of a window. In addition, think about “curb appeal”, a term which I will use a lot throughout this process. Depending on how your house is positioned on the property, maybe bringing the ledger board out to the edge of the house might make the deck visible from the street. After all, what good is a gorgeous deck, if you can’t show it off? To be continued...