When faced with a small home, homeowners often contemplate an addition to increase their living space. A deck is an effective option and typically involves a shorter construction period than brick-and-mortar additions. It allows you to enjoy the outdoors when the weather is warm as well. Many benefits come with adding a deck to your home, which may make it a worthwhile investment for your property.
Increases Living Space
One of the main benefits of a deck is that it provides additional living space for your home. In particular, it offers valuable room for entertaining. When you throw a party or host a dinner, guests often wind up congregating in the kitchen while you are preparing food and drinks. Since you can equip your deck with a grill and bar, you can double the area where friends and family gather during social events so everyone is not crowded inside your kitchen. A deck also supplies an ideal spot for relaxing or having family meals during warmer months.
Enhances Yard Usability
If your home is positioned on a hill or your yard is on the small side, there may not be much space available for use. A deck can increase your yard's usability because it may be elevated or built in levels to provide multiple areas. You can use one level for barbecuing and entertaining, another for a swing or lounge chairs and a third for a hot tub or home spa. Your yard can become much more functional no matter its size or terrain.
Adds Visual Interest
You have a variety of styles to choose from when designing a deck, so you can opt for a simple look or an extremely complex, multi-level setup. As a result, your deck can add architectural interest to your home and make your yard more attractive. Incorporate planters, arbors, a gazebo or water feature to your deck to make it truly eye-catching.
While there are several ways to add living space to your home, few are as cost effective as building a deck. Outdoor additions are typically less expensive than indoor expansion because you do not have to deal with factors like roofing, wiring and insulation. However, your deck's design can incorporate a variety of complex features that make it almost as functional as a room. You can add an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill, refrigerator and working sink or simply include built-in furniture such as benches. Your budget may limit you, but the project will remain less costly than building an indoor addition for your home.
Increases Home Value
Another key benefit that may persuade homeowners to build a deck is the possibility of increased home value. In fact, according to Remodeling Magazine's 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report, you can recoup 72.8 percent of the cost of building a wooden deck when you sell your home, compared to only 62.5 percent for a family room addition and 48.6 percent for a sunroom addition. In particular, having a deck may be an asset in a poor or over-saturated real estate market, so it is usually well worth the investment.
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