Does an extra-cold winter have your sights set on spring? There’s one advantage to being cooped up inside all winter: You have plenty of time to plan and prep your next backyard or home improvement project. (There’s always a silver lining to the snow cloud that’s been hanging around all winter!)
Now’s the perfect time to start planning your backyard oasis expansion. The experts at Handyman Professionals have a jumping-off point outlined for you. Once you’ve reviewed the list and started adding your own wants and must-haves, the real planning can begin with a construction consultation with our team.
Deck or Patio. Which one makes the most sense for your space? If your lot is elevated or uneven, a deck may work best for your site. If your property is fairly level, a concrete patio may be a good option. Concerned a concrete patio will be dull and drab? Spruce it up with stamped and stained designs. The possibilities are literally endless!
Rails or No Rails. If your deck will be elevated or include multiple levels, local building codes may require rails for safety. Rails can add a decorative touch, and functionality can be added by incorporating benches into the railing. If you’re building a single-level deck or patio and you only have a step or two down to the ground, rails may not be needed. Talk to the construction specialists at Handyman Professionals to find out if local building codes require railings. If you prefer the open and unobstructed view of no railings, consider other safety options, including lighting the steps.
Covered or Uncovered. Adding a roof structure to your deck or patio increases its usability and function, as well as value. When it rains, you can still cook on your grill or enjoy a football game on your patio’s TV. However, some homeowners prefer a more open and airy feeling to their patio. If this is you, but you still want some type of coverage, consider building a pergola. While pergolas don’t protect from the elements like rain and snow, with the addition of outdoor fabric or mesh on the top of the structure, they can provide shade in the hot summer sun.
Consider this list your starting point to building the backyard oasis you’ve been dreaming of. Schedule your construction consultation online and let’s start planning together.