Three Common Regrets After Building a New Deck -

When it comes to home renovations or additions, anticipation is half the fun. This is definitely true for outdoor decks as well. The process of designing a deck, choosing materials and styles, and seeing the finished product come together is exciting.

But when it comes time to sign off on the finished result, and get down to using the outdoor deck in the weeks and months following construction, many homeowners feel a certain amount of regret. They may still be paying off the contractor, and already they’re noticing things they would have done differently if they had a time machine.

In order to keep your outdoor deck project heading in the right direction, take a look at these three common regrets people have after building a new outdoor deck.

1. Not enough space

An outdoor deck is more than just a terrace. Today, it’s an extension of functional square footage in the home. Being too conservative in terms of space is a common regret. It’s obviously important that the deck does not overwhelm the home itself, or look disproportionate. But it’s also important to have enough square footage to allow for practical usage, both for you (the current owner) and any future owners the home may have.

2. Too conventional

For decades now, outdoor decks have been a popular home addition. But many of the conventional designs have become a little too conventional for the discerning homeowner. There are so many features, amenities and styles to choose from. Using metal and cabling for handrails, to offset the appearance of the wood, is one example of a design that’s both modern and sophisticated. Homeowners who don’t research different deck designs in advance may regret their conventional choices after the deck is built.

3. Too many amenities

It’s true that many homeowners might regret going for a deck that’s “too basic” or “plain” when there are so many exciting deck designs out there. But another common regret may be “overdoing it” when it comes to the design. For example, amenities like an outdoor kitchen, built-in Jacuzzi, or dedicated exercise area many look good on paper (or in home renovation magazines), but not all of these features are appropriate to every home. It depends on how the homeowner/family will really use the deck. Unused features that cost a lot of money are a common regret. Careful planning with an expert renovator is the best way to avoid it.

Building an outdoor deck with no regrets

Of course, there are also countless successful outdoor deck projects in which the homeowners are consistently thrilled with the look, feel, functionality, and overall value of their new deck. If you’re considering a new deck for your property, this is definitely the camp you want to be in.

Getting there is much easier when you have a reputable local deck specialist on your contact list. This will help you to organize a successful deck building process from day one, and it will help you to avoid many of the common regrets (like the ones listed here) experienced by homeowners after the new deck has been built.

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J.Widener from Newton, NJ

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S.Long from Franklin Township, NJ

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M.Lewis from Fleminton, NJ

“We have received numerous compliments from Neighbor’s and friend’s who think that the finished project looks terrific. Not only do I appreciate the “quality job”, but I really appreciate the professional manner Skip handled all the details!”

L.Cohen from West Orange, NJ

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Kathryn Barchi from Piscataway, NJ

“My husband and I had recently moved into a new home and quite quickly we learned of so many things that both us and the home inspector missed prior to the purchase; the deck being one huge item. We quite desperately wanted to use our deck and know that it was safe for us, our kids, our pups, and our guests, which in the original state, was definitely not the case. Deck Guardian to the rescue! The Deck Guardian team, from the free estimate to the point of project close, were quite wonderful to work with entirely. They even pointed out additional things we had missed with regards to the safety of our deck. Of course, best of all, the Deck Guardian team was able to work within our budget, while giving us back our deck with a new lease on life. Deck Guardian far exceeded our expectations and for that, my husband and I can not thank them enough!!!”

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