A deck extends the living space of a home to the outdoors, providing you and your family with an area to relax, entertain and enjoy the summer. A deck will also increase the resale value of your home. The more time and thought you invest in the planning and prep stages, the more use you will make of your deck. Choose from a variety of materials to enhance the finishing, and add decorative items to help define different activity zones. Start the planning process by gathering deck design ideas, then plan the deck on paper. Begin with the overall dimensions, then gradually add more detail as the design takes shape.
For those who want to save both time and money, ready-to-assemble decks may be the answer. Kits also include instructions that are easy to follow. You will need some building experience, however.