Adding a deck is an inexpensive way to expand your living space. The average deck costs about $7,000 and earns you $15,000 when you sell your house. Decks last for a long time with the pressure-treated wood and other strong materials that are used to build them.

Building a custom deck is one of the all-time favorite ways to add great value to your home. Decks are relatively uncomplicated structures. You don't have to install electrical wiring, lighting or plumbing. There are no windows or doors to hang, and there's no finish work to speak of: no painting, no fixtures, no moldings.

That's not to say decks can't be complex structures or that they don't require careful planning. Just as with any other construction project, what you end up with is a direct result of what you put into it, even before you cut a board or drive the first nail.

There is one basic rule when it comes to decks: the bigger it is the more it will cost. That's OK if you get what you pay for, but poor planning or lack of planning can quickly escalate costs.

To keep the bottom line from blowing your budget, it pays to do the math and sweat the details. Try to plan your deck dimensions so you use standard board lengths, which helps reduce your cutoffs and waste. For example, don't build a 10' 6''-wide deck when a 10' deck will do. Otherwise, you throw away 1½ feet of every 12' board you buy.

Hardware, such as framing anchors, hanger straps and lag bolts, add expense, so use only what you need. An inexpensive 2 x 4 ledger board can often save the cost of dozens of $2 metal hangers.

Planning doesn't just mean calculating costs. Where and how you site a wooden deck often determines how much enjoyment you’ll get out of it.

You may initially think the best place for your deck is right outside the kitchen or dining room, but if it’s in perpetual shade, you probably won't spend much time there on cool days. On the other hand, a full-sun spot can be just as uncomfortable in hot weather.

The best decks are sited where they take advantage of all outdoor conditions instead of succumbing to them. Choose a location that gets sun and shade at different times of the day. This will allow you spend time outdoors in the conditions you prefer.

Decks that wrap around a house corner usually provide similar options with cool air movement, even in hot weather, as well as a sheltering wall no matter which way the wind blows.

Adding a deck immediately alters a home’s exterior design. The most successful plans take this into consideration and strive to complement a home’s style, size, exterior materials and even era of construction.

Outdoor decks are relatively modern architectural embellishments, but they don’t have to look modern. If you live in a grand old Victorian, a deck rail with turned balusters and ornamented columns will fit right in with the home’s period style. Similarly, if your home has a painted exterior, consider finishing your new deck with a bleaching stain to make it blend in rather than stand out.

Don't rule out building a deck where you want just because a tree, rock, slope or any other obstacle stands in the way. Decks are often most attractive when they make use of difficult terrain features.
A multilevel deck can easily “step” its way up or down even the steepest hillside. Creative framing allows you to build into or around large rocks that would otherwise be impossible to move. Trees are easily incorporated into a framing plan, even in the middle of a deck. Just make sure the tree is healthy, has sufficient growing room within the deck opening and that your plan includes a railing or built-in bench seating around the opening to prevent accidents.

The Corriea family needed a good sized deck for entertaining with plenty of room forrelaxing and sunbathing. They also were considering some type of screened-in space because,"the bugs around here seem to come out of nowhere, and have been driving us crazy", and finally, the Corrieas asked if we could separate the dining area from the rest of the deck? Solution: We designed a custom-deck with composite diagonal decking and a stylish boarder-pattern with a step-up octagon for the dining area. For -"when the bugs come out"- we enhanced their outdoor experience with a screened-in porch We replaced the right side window with an easy-access door from the house to the screened in porch.

The Martin family had a large open yard. The back of their home was nearly 75' across. They wanted a custom deck to be appropriate for the surroundings, something stylish, that the family could enjoy, and add value to the home investment. They didn't like the look of the new composite decking, showing us a photo in a design magazine, they wanted mahogany decking. Lastly, what to do with their bug problem, can we somehow incorporate a screen-room into the plan? Solution: After reviewing with us, some designs, we found the perfect one. With a few modifications, we developed a custom-designed 1,000 sf mahogany deck with two step-up octagons; one for a dining area and one for a screened-in gazebo. Between the octagons we designed the front stairs, flared from 22 to 34 feet, looking out over the pool. There is a second set of stairs for easy access to the driveway. All the railings and fascias are white PVC vinyl to match the trim on the house.

Matt Pawlowski has a nice new home with a fenced in yard. He originally found David Ness Jr Construction Co via a search-engine looking for a Deck Contractor. We went through a number of ideas and alterations, on paper of course, and finally came up with the ideal plan.We designed a 25' X 21' custom deck with a 12' set-up ocatgon for their oversized dining table. We ran the decking boards in a triple boarder pattern (as requested), which we also did on the Corriea family project.

The Gallants have a lovely home and beautiful big yard, but not only no way down but a gate across the 6' slider. They wanted something unique to fit their home and open yard and had seen other David Ness Jr projects on this web site.They wanted flared stairs, a separate area for dinning and - a hot tub, built "onto" the deck. There was a number of concerns to address: (1) three large air-conditioning units to build over (2) a considerable slope away from the house. Solution: We started by getting the mfg/code for building over the a/c units (4'0") and came up with a 12' step-up octagon for the dinning area that would give us the proper clearance. Next we had to consider where best to install the spa? After three design changes, we found the right location on the lower deck of this tri- level design. And for the flared stairs we put in not only standard flared-out, but inverted flared-in stairs from the lower deck to a future patio area.

The Farrell's purchased this beautiful new homeand wanted a custom deck with lot of room We needed something special and came up a 21 X 27 custom deck with this fabulus 10' step-up octagon in the middle for dining. it came out perfect the farrells couldnt have been happier!

The Egan's wanted a new custom deck to sit, sip and smile and possibly entertain after a round of golf. The Egan's were eager to have David Ness Jr Deck contractor to design (and build) something that would fit their needs .Solution: We first needed to consider the site work to remove the concrete patio, then we developed two-tiered design, the lower deck in the alcove area with a corner bay and a 3' cantilever and an upper 10' step-up octagon for dining.

Choosing David Ness Jr. Construction Co. means you’ll save money in the long run, even though our prices may be a little higher. Many homeowners have paid us thousands of dollars to repair jobs done by other companies. We’ll help you avoid the frustration and disappointment caused by unreliable contractors.

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