An outdoor deck is one of the most versatile features that can be added on to a home. While some homeowners use their deck to host parties, there are others who transform their deck into a personal relaxation area. Here are some of the key advantages of having an outdoor deck.

Outdoor Decks
  1. Increases the value of the property: Unlike some other expensive home additions, an outdoor deck actually increases the value of a property. If the owner decides to sell their home in the future, he or she can expect to recoup over 70 percent of the deck’s initial cost. Although constructing a game room may be beneficial to the family, its value fails in comparison to an outdoor deck.
  2. Fast construction: Depending on the size and design of the deck, it could be constructed in only a week’s time. On the other hand, it may take a couple of months to complete the renovation of a room. This is a big disadvantage to homeowners who need the total downtime to be kept to a minimum.
  3. Enhanced curb appeal:  The construction of an outdoor deck instantly enhances the curb appeal of any home. There are literally hundreds of different designs available, so a custom deck builder will be able to create the homeowner’s ideal outdoor deck. The deck can even be built to match the overall theme of the yard or home.
  4. Expands the living space:  An outdoor deck effectively expands the living space of a home. When hosting a cookout, the deck may eliminate the need for visitors to enter the home. The deck will also provide a safe area for the children to play. Some people even use their deck as a usable storage area for their bikes and other outdoor equipment. The versatility of an outdoor deck makes it one of the most useful spaces of a home.
  5. Inexpensive: Although the cost of an outdoor deck varies, most quality decks can be constructed for a very affordable price. In many instances, the homeowner will not even be forced to obtain a loan from the bank. Although some people consider an outdoor deck to be a do-it-yourself project, hiring a professional builder is usually the best option. No homeowner wants to waste their money on building a low-quality deck.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.