Vinyl siding vs Wood Siding; Which is Best for You?

So the time to add new siding to your home has come. As you do your research, you will find two types coming up over and over, vinyl and wood. Which should you choose? Obviously, both have their pros and cons, but surely, one must be better than the other! Luckily for you, Executive Craftsman is here to help you make the right choice. We have years of experience under our belt and have seen just about every situation people can find themselves in when working on their home. Let us walk you through the pros and cons of both of these great choices. Will you be making the choice of wood or vinyl?

Cost

The biggest factor for anyone regardless of the project being done on their home is cost. Obviously, you are going to need the residing of your home to fit into your budget especially when paying for the material and labor. Without a doubt, vinyl is much cheaper than wood. In some cases, wood can be 250% more expensive than a match quality vinyl! The average cost of a square foot of vinyl is usually $1.60 while wood tends to be more expensive, even when of lower stock. All around vinyl is the more cost-effective siding when compared to wood.

Durability

Of course, you are going to want a strong siding on your home. The last thing you want is for it to fail in the middle of a blizzard. Wood expands and compresses with the changing temperatures. Naturally, this leads to a lot of wear and tear over time resulting in damages and the eventual need to be replaced. Vinyl, on the other hand, does not have this problem being able to work the same in both hot and cold weather. That being said vinyl can be more easily damaged than wood. When you have damage to a vinyl siding you need to replace a whole section of it rather than just a small bit like you would with wood. Both present pros and cons in the durability test with neither having a clear advantage over the other. This means it’s completely up to you and based on what you feel is the better choice.

Energy Efficiency

No one likes getting high energy bills, which is why you need your siding to be as energy efficient as it can. Vinyl is a great choice since it can be paired with insulation siding giving you a perfect way to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This type is also extremely eco-friendly, giving your home the seal of approval from your neighborhood environmentalist. Don’t count wood out though, the natural siding is just as energy efficient as vinyl. Wood is a natural insulator, giving you a great way to help the energy of your home costs. It also is very environmentally friendly and biodegradable, giving it a green edge over vinyl. The best way to decide between these two when it comes to energy efficiency is to take into account how much you use seasonally. Do you have your AC going 24/7 in the dog days of summer? Do you prefer using blankets and sweatshirts to stay warm in the cold months of winter? It all comes down to you and your lifestyle.

Maintenance

No matter which way you slice it, vinyl is easier to maintain than wood. Once the wood is installed, it needs to be treated right away. If you want to paint it, you’ll need to do that as soon as it’s installation is finished. Vinyl however just needs to be installed and it’s ready to go. Wood needs regular maintenance while vinyl does not. However, vinyl does have its fair share of maintenance issues. It needs to be washed regularly with soap and water to make sure there is no build-up of grime, dust, and pollen. While vinyl will stay strong through most weather, wood will rot and twist along with the possibility of termites and mold growth. Your choice in siding will be determining how much time you spend outside taking care of it.

In the battle between wood and vinyl siding, each has some distinct advantages and disadvantages over each other. You need to take into account your style of home and lifestyle before deciding on which style siding to get. Factoring in maintenance, cost, durability, and energy efficiency will help give you the answer and ensure that you do what is best for you and your home. At the end of the day, you need to have a reliable siding and know that it won’t fail you in the worst of weather. When you decide to get your choice installed onto your home, contact us right away.

The expert workmen at Executive Craftsman will not rest until their job is masterfully executed. Our services range from exterior work to interior renovations. We’ve seen it all and done it all so you can be assured that you are getting the best in the business. Rest easy knowing your home project is in good hands. If you are interested in learning more about Executive Craftsman and home construction, check out our blog.

2019 Interior Design Trends

With just a few days until 2018, it is time to look ahead to 2019. This also means that it’s time to get your home ready for the latest and greatest design trends that are going to be a hit. Our Executive Craftsman team wants to make sure you know exactly what is going to be in style after midnight Dec 31st. There is no time like after the holidays to remodel your home, so why not start with the latest trends? Check out our picks for the best upcoming interior design trends for 2019.

Black Bathrooms

2019 is going to be the year for spa-inspired black bathrooms. This amazingly classy style is going to be the biggest it’s ever been, making it perfect for your home. When you use this type of decor know that you can never have too much black; that’s the point of the look! Go all out with black tiles, fixtures, and towels to complete the look. With some of the best spa hallmarks, this classy look will turn your bathroom from ordinary to a high-end relaxation center. Go black so you can kick back and relax.

70s Chic

It might be a new year, but the ’70s are coming back with a vengeance. Now you might be wondering, what from the 70s is just around the corner? The answer might surprise you. What is going to be back in style is velvet furnishings, abstract silhouettes, and warm palettes. These are perfect for any home, giving a fashionable yet retro vibe. If you are looking for a way to step up your home’s interior game, you can do no wrong by taking a walk down 70s chic lane.

The New Color of the year, Nightwatch Green

As with every year, a new color is coming in to define interior designs. For 2019, it is going to be the gorgeous and versatile Nightwatch Green. This color gives an elegant vibe to any room it’s used in. It can be incorporated into the living room for a classy look or in the kitchen for a comfy home feel. Best of all, it can be used on the exterior of your home as well! This is one color that you will definitely want to include in your decorating going forward. There are near limitless ways to use it!

Curved Furnishings

If you are looking for some new furnishings in 2019, you are going to want something that is stylishly curved. When you see any kind of curved furniture, you’re most likely reminded of the popular styles in the 60s, but recent adjustments in decorating have brought it back. A curved couch or winding table will add a trendy flair to your living room. The curves of the 60s are going to explode in popularity in the new year, so why not replace that old couch with a majestically curved one?

Bucket Sinks

The old-school look of the bucket sink will be back in a big way. These large fixtures give a retro feel to any bathroom they are part of, but don’t mistake it for being outdated. When properly placed in a room, this will bring it all together. Don’t worry about it looking too old, that’s the point! Pick out a bucket sink you love and get it installed today to be ahead of the design curve.

Many designs are on their way out with 2018, but some truly gorgeous ones are going to be in with 2019. Black bathrooms, 70s chic, bucket sinks, and the fantastic Nightwatch green are going to define the new year. A new year gives you a fresh start and a way to make the old become the new, so why not start the year by using some of these amazing trends in your home?

At Executive Craftsman, quality is our top priority. We offer some of the best services in the business and are experts in work in the business. We won’t stop until your home has been transformed into your dream home and can promise you will love the results. Contact us today and let us make your home your dream one together. Be sure to look at our blogs to learn about home design and renovation.

Decorating Your Dining Room for the Holidays​

 

It’s the time of year to spread some holiday cheer! Decorating for the holidays can seem daunting at first, but don’t worry. Our Executive Craftsman team has just the right tips and tricks for decorating your ideal holiday dining room. 

 

Consider centerpieces

 

The Dining Room is where friends and family gather and celebrate during the holiday season. Conversations are held, meals are enjoyed, and memories are made. So why not make sure your centerpieces are just as joyous? You can incorporate a variety of different centerpieces to make your dining room look perfect for your guests. Try tying together a pretty pile of presents with a red ribbon. This will get everyone excited to open up gifts – it’s a great addition! Or what about an elegant glow? Mix and match different candlesticks in the middle of the table to enjoy a festive candlelit meal. Whatever you choose to put at the center of your dining room table, be sure that it isn’t too big or bulky. No one wants to have a conversation with a giant snowflake in front of their face. 

 

Create your holiday color palette 

 

If you’re unsure what to do when it comes to decorating your dining room table for the holidays, stick to this simple holiday color palette: red, gold and green. These classic holiday colors will bring cheer to any room!

 

 Dress it up 

 

When in doubt, dress it up! Take a regular chair for instance. Simply tie a ribbon around the chair and turn it into a seat fit for a King or Queen! Or invest in some fancy napkin holders to add just the right touch to your place setting. 

 

Give it a theme 

 

Want to go the extra mile? Give your dining room a unique theme! Create a winter wonderland following a light blue and silver color palette. You can incorporate fake snow and icicles at the center of the table to make it even better. Or if you have wood floors you can go for a more rustic, cozy theme. Use candles, pine garland greenery, and flowers to give the room a festive, lively feel.

 

Get Creative – and Personal

 

If you really want to wow your guests, get a little bit more personal by making place cards. A roll of brown kraft paper makes for a fun and disposable table runner. You can write the name of each guest on the paper next to their plate and encourage doodling during the meal as well!

 

The holidays are meant to be a fun time of the year where friends and family, can kick back, relax, and genuinely enjoy each other’s company. At Executive Craftsman, we adore having the opportunity to create these spaces where you can truly feel at home. For any questions or tips you may need to elevate the beauty of your home during the holiday season or remaining portion of the year, we are here!​

How to Create Your Perfect Kitchen​

When remodeling or designing a home, one of the most important rooms that you need to be happy with is the kitchen. The average American spends about 27 minutes a day in this space preparing meals. Whether you are looking at colors or what kind of cabinets would look best on your walls, making sure that yours is perfect for you is key. Our family at Executive Craftsman has seen it all and done it all when it comes to kitchens, so here are our professional tips for making sure that the kitchen of dreams looks just as good in reality.

Match Your home

Before you even choose a theme for your kitchen, one thing you should take into account is the already existing theme of your home. Do you have a brightly lit home with a beach house vibe or do you have a more western farm-style home? Take some time to get the theme of your home down and then use it as a basis for your kitchen remodeling.

Choose a Theme

One of the most important things to consider when designing your dream kitchen is to decide on a theme. Whether you want a rustic farm-themed kitchen or a sleek and modern look, you should choose a kitchen theme that you will be happy with. Don’t forget, over the course of your life you will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, which is why it is important to pick a theme that you love.

Finding the Perfect Color

One of the single most important things about designing your kitchen is choosing the correct color. The color of your kitchen will have an impact on everyone that spends time there, which is why the color is so important. Some of the best colors to paint a kitchen include a warm red due to the fact that it will stimulate a person appetite and a white which will brighten up the room and bring in more light. Selecting the right color can be a tricky task, so we are here to help in any way possible to make sure you come across one that will always put a smile on your face.

Appliances Impact on Theme

A kitchen must have appliances such as a fridge, stove, oven, and so on in order to really be a kitchen. It is also important that you keep these in mind when you are deciding to on the look of your kitchen. For example, a polished and modern steel refrigerator would be out of place in a rustic farm-style kitchen that puts emphasis on dark earthy colors and wooden cabinets.

The Importance of Decor

Decorations go a long way in setting the mood of a room! Maybe you would like to put up a stylish and charming poster or art piece in your kitchen, perhaps you would prefer a cute statue as well. Either way, the decor in any given room reflects you, so put some in your kitchen accordingly.

Advice like this has proven time and time again to lead to the best results for those interested in elevating the look of their kitchens. Contact us today at Executive Craftsman to ensure that the work done on your kitchen is by professionals with years of experience. Be sure to check out our blogs for more tips for your home!

Take Your Fall Decorations To The Next Level​

 

Fall is here and that means it’s time to switch up your home’s decorations. Gone is the fun in the sun summer style, loaded with beach chairs, umbrellas, and bright colors. Fall means it’s time to bring in a new look for the home. Prime fall is September to October, which gives you the best window to get ahead of the curve. Luckily, our team at is here with some fall decorating tips guaranteed to make your house the talk of the town.

 

Fall Colors

 

Every season has colors to match it. Christmas has green and red, Summer has lots of bright blues and yellows. Fall is no exception to this rule and has many colors associated with it. These dark red, orange, red brown’s, forest green, and more earthy colors. Using this will really “fall up” your home. Don’t be afraid to get creative with how you use them. Incorporate some dark red furniture into some rooms around your home, add some orange decor to brighten things up and dark red always look nice on the walls. Run wild and get creative with the fall colors in order to give your home the fall look you’ve always wanted.

 

Choose something that stays through the holidays

 

Fall is a lucky season since two big holidays are in it. We get Halloween and Thanksgiving within about a month of each other. While it is tempting to go wild for Halloween and then do the same for Thanksgiving ask yourself first, do you want to go through all that effort? You get all the spiders, vampires, web, and monsters out for October 31st and then you are going to replace them with turkeys and pilgrims. A simple and easy solution is to go with a decorating scheme that stays through the holidays. Keep a simple yet fall theme that looks good in October and November. This still gives you room to have loads of fun decorating for the holidays and gives you some breathing room between the two.

 

Farm Decor is in

 

Fall doesn’t have to be just pumpkins and orange, it also is the season to get into the farm decor style. Farm decor is light in color and heavy emphasis on rustic wood furniture, all of which can easily be transitioned into a fall style. Rather than going with the traditionally light colors, you can swap them with some of the gorgeous fall colors. On top of that, you can also throw in some of the more traditional fall decorations giving it that lovely fall feel. There is no shortage of you can incorporate farm decor into your home so go crazy and get creative.

 

 

 

Pumpkins

 

The pumpkin is perhaps one of the most, if not the, most iconic image of fall. When you see a pumpkin you just automatically think of the fall. The pumpkin makes for a perfect decorating piece for in and outside, real or artificial, it doesn’t matter. Due to it being the time for pumpkins, they will be readily available at nearly every street corner and shop you will visit. Pumpkins scream fall and look good for the holidays as well with them being a famous icon of Halloween but also looking comfortable in a picture of an absolutely delicious looking Thanksgiving dinner. A Pumpkin makes for the perfect fall centerpiece. Not only that but pumpkins can be used for a of creative and classic decorations.

 

Send in the Leaves

 

Fall gets its name for the falling leaves. The falling of the leaves plays an as the fallen leaves fertilize the ground and the loss of the leaves prevents freezing and us of fewer resources for the trees. It’s nearly impossible to count how many leaves fall every year but there will be an endless amount of them which means that these leaves are perfect for decoration. Whether it’s a huge pile or a single leaf, real or artificial, a gorgeous fall leaf gives endless possibilities for decoration. Take a few artificial leaves and neatly set them around and on various furniture in your house for a dramatic effect. Add some outdoor leaves to your arts and crafts box, they provide plenty of to cute nick-nacks to your home for the season. There are just about as many ideas you can do with the leaves as there are leaves that are gonna fall this year!

 

Fall is here, so why not add some fall colors, pumpkins, and leaves to your home? Your home can use some nice fall decor after the summer heat and a little change to the interior is always good for the soul. Be sure to have fun and get creative with these tips, they are sure to leave you with an impressive fall set up that will make your neighbors talk. For more info on taking care of your home be sure to check out our other blogs.

 

We are here to help with all your home needs. Call us today with your goals and let us reach them together!

How to Protect Your Home from a Summer Storm​

 

The dog days of summer are here and that not only bring tons of that gorgeous weather we love but also those massive, damaging storms. While you might be rushing to seek shelter inside and save the food on the grill from nature’s wrath, you are probably ignoring the damage your home may incur. What’s worse is you can be left with a hefty bill which can sometimes tally up to over $5,000! To make sure your house is secured and ready to endure any storm summer can throw, at it here are some tips from our team at Executive Craftsman to protect it and your family!

 

Receive weather alerts

 

Nothing can protect your home from a storm like knowing it is coming. Luckily, in this day and age, there are ways to know what type of weather is coming your way before you even walk out the door in the morning! Be sure to sign up to receive weather alerts so you can take the necessary precautions to protect your home before the storm arrives.

 

Tie it all down

 

Tie down all loose items around your home. Whether it be an umbrella, lawn furniture, or a trampoline, nothing can ruin your day like something crashing through a window or damaging your home. Be sure to tie it all down and make sure it’s secured to save yourself a world of trouble. What sounds easier to you, tying down all your outside furniture during a light rain or costly damages to your home due to an umbrella blowing through a window?

 

Remember your gutters

 

Don’t forget to clean out your gutters, they are some of the most important aspects of your home! Properly cleaned gutters will keep your home safe in a storm, but clogged ones can lead to numerous problems such as leaks, roof damage, and fallen gutters that will leave you with a steep bill. You can never underestimate just how important cleaning those gutters can be.

 

Storm Shutters

 

Storm shutters are the perfect way to protect your windows. Whether they are made of steel or wood, a storm shutter properly secured will keep your windows damage free and help protect your home and your wallet. It may seem like a needless purchase or maybe a bit of a paranoid mindset but never underestimate how important the proper precautions can be to keeping your home damage free.

 

Don’t let summer storms tear through your home or bank account, use these tips to ensure a successful and damage free summer at your home! In case something does go wrong be sure to contact Executive Craftsman to take care of all your home repair needs!

Tips for Selecting Your Perfect Interior Paint Color​

 

What is your favorite color? Blue? Red? Maybe even yellow?  Just because a certain color may be your favorite doesn’t necessarily mean it will work inside of your home! The colors you paint the interior of your house will shape not only how you feel about where you reside, but all of your guests and family members as well. Selecting a beautiful color may seem like a tough decision that has long-term consequences, but having your home painted is anything but stressful, especially when it is completed by a crew of experts. Here are some tips help you pick the perfect color for the interior of your home from our dedicated team at Executive Craftsman!

 

Consider Making Connected Rooms Neutral

 

A neutral color scheme can go a long way in your home. While it would be jarring if you painted one room a dark navy and then the connected room a soft green, replacing one of those colors with a light grey or a white helps bring out the color of the connected room and doesn’t draw attention. Plus, when you feature neutral colors in your home you leave open the option for furniture and other accent pieces to bring in bright pops of color or even different textures. We love the look of a neutral colored wall with white trim and furniture that features a brass or copper color! When combined, this trifecta can truly make all of those inside of your home feel comfortable and at home.

 

Don’t be afraid to be bold

 

Sometimes being bold pays off, and that is certainly true for interior painting. If you have a specific color you love and know exactly what hue you want, go for it! Just be careful with what other colors you use for the remaining rooms. Being bold comes with the risk of clashing colors! In certain cases, bold colors like a bright green can pair well with a dark, rich brown color, especially when hints of white are added into the mix of a room.

 

Keep the upstairs and downstairs paint separate

 

Be sure to use two different colors and hues for the floors of your home. It’ll help splash some variety in your home and give each level a distinct feel. Your downstairs should have a more neutral feel to it so that all guests and family members can enjoy the space, but not everyone always heads up the stairs, so this is your opportunity as a homeowner to take risks, go out on a limb, and get your inner interior designer on! Even if the colors you select don’t look ideal, you can always make a switch and try something new.

 

Don’t be afraid to test your pallet

 

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your pallets and paint options, push the limits! It’s your home so make it the way you want it! As long as you can walk through the front door and you feel comfortable, then all is well! No one will ever walk into your foyer, take a peek at the walls, and then criticize you! A home is meant to set the homeowner’s heart on fire and provide them with a space to experience happiness, safety, and most importantly – love!

 

Build a strong hue range

Different hues of the same color can do wonders for your home. Just think how many shades of blue, green, and red there are and multiply that by every color. To put it simply, you have endless color options! Build a hue pallet and see what looks best.

 

We understand that selecting your ideal color can be a tricky process at times, but we are always here to sit down with you, listen to your likes and dislikes, and formulate a plan to elevate your interior beyond what you ever thought possible! Over our many years, we have seen interiors with truly unique colors and have established a rock solid gauge on what will work for you and what will not! Keep up to date with us for home enhancement tips, recent projects, and home care tips by tuning in to our social media pages or website!

How to Maintain Your Deck All Summer Long

 

Is there any reason not to be out on your deck in the summer? Now that the weather is warm and the sun is shining, you are going to want to be spending your time outside and with your deck just begging to be used, you’ll need to know how to take care of it this summer. Here are some tips for maintaining your deck in the summer months from our team at Executive Craftsman.

 

Replace and Pop Any Loose Nails

 

There is nothing that can ruin a summer day on your deck as quickly as either you or someone else getting hurt by a loose nail sticking out. A nail can do a lot of damage and when it’s your deck, you are in for a world of trouble. That’s why replacing and popping those nails should be done often and as soon as possible! Sure, it may seem like a pain to spend time replacing a bunch of nails, but it will save you a world of pain later.

 

Clean! Clean! Clean!

 

One of the biggest keys to a healthy deck is to keep it clean. A good wash once or twice a week will keep it looking fresh and will wash away any unwanted growth on it. Power washing is a wise move and should be done at the start of summer but if you do it often you can do more harm than good to your deck. A simple spray over with the house will give it a nice cleaning also DO NOT use soap on your deck, it can damage the paint.

 

Clean Out Under Your Deck

 

Don’t forget about what may lurk underneath your deck! Weeds and unwanted plant growth can begin to grow into the deck if kept unchecked and not to mention plants will attract unwanted pests. If there is one thing that is sure to ruin your deck it is ants or termites. Be sure to check below your deck regularly in order to keep away any unwanted residents.

 

Weather Proofing is Mandatory

 

The weather can damage your deck as much as any mold or insects can. Pounding rain, blistering heat, unbearable humidity can all take a toll on your deck. Wood can begin to rot, paint can dull and chip, metal can rust, and much more that will leave your deck less than optimal. Weatherproofing will protect your deck from all those nasty weather caused damages. This doesn’t just matter in summer either, those heavy winter snows and storms of pollen in spring can also harm your precious deck.

 

With these deck tips, you are set to have a deck that will make the whole neighborhood jealous. Be sure to use it to the fullest this summer! For any additional advice, our team is always here!

 

How to Get Your Home Ready For Warm Weather​

 

t may seem like all you need to do in order to prepare for warmer weather is buy a new bathing suit and book your summer getaway, but beyond the traditional deep cleaning, there is no better time to get ready for summer than now! To assist you in the process of getting your home up to speed with the rapidly changing season, our crew at Executive Craftsman has created a list of the most important tasks necessary to prepare your home for warm weather, and save you time and money by doing so!

 

Inspect outdoor plumbing

 

Now is the perfect time to check your outdoor spigots and irrigation system to make sure that it made it through the harsh winter intact. Remove all insulators from the outdoor faucets and then turn on the water. A slow trickle could mean that you have a problem with your pipes. If water is not flowing correctly, we recommend calling a trusted plumber.


 

 

Clean windows and screens

 

Spring is the perfect time to remove and clean storm windows that have spent the past few months keeping out the cold and ensuring that the warm stayed in. To really make those windowpanes sparkle, fill a spray bottle with window cleaning solution and use a squeegee to leave the windows streak free. If you are someone with sensitive skin, always wear gloves just in case to prevent irritation. While you are cleaning, examine the windows to see how they have put up with the winter. If there are signs of dry rot and water damage, re-caulk or replace the damaged weather stripping where needed. This will make a major impact when you must keep the hot air out.

 

Don’t forget about the window screens! Inspect them and repair any damage and reinstall them in your windows. Use a hose and a mild detergent to clean your screens, but don’t pressure wash them. The more force, the greater the chance that something could be damaged. Window repair kits can be found at many convenient stores.

 

Service your air conditioner

 

To be truthful, there is nothing quite like having your air conditioner break when summer is in full swing. Because of this, now is the best time to check out your air conditioning system to make sure that it will be able to keep you nice and cool in the coming months. Change the system’s filter because clogged and dirty filters can make air conditioners work harder and will actually cost you money in the long run. If everything seems to be correctly functioning, it is still a great idea to call a professional. A properly tuned up unit will extend its life cycle and will keep it running efficiently.

 

Downspouts and gutters

 

During a heavy summer storm, there is nothing less convenient than having clogged gutters! Winter weather can be hard on downspouts and gutters and has the potential to lead to leaks that let water in your basement or crawl space and can cause serious wood rot. Since cleaning your gutters can be a tough job, consider hiring a professional! If your house is tall then it could be a fairly dangerous task. Some tool that you will need in order to properly clean your gutters are:

 

  • Sturdy ladder
  • Gloves 
  • A trowel
  • Safety glasses
  • A properly working hose

 

The trowel can be used to scoop the debris out of the gutters and then once you have gotten most of it out you can spray the remaining with a hose to get those clogs out. Be sure that your downspout flows away from your home!

 

Inspect your exterior

 

Take a quick look at your roof and home’s exterior to see if any minor problems have developed over the winter that could potentially turn into major problems. Even if your roof is too high, inspect your shingles, flashings, and chimneys using a pair of binoculars so that you can give them a proper inspection from the ground. Check for misaligned, cracked, or missing shingles. These could allow water to enter your home and cause some serious damage. Even after you have finished your roof inspection, examine the rest of your exterior for chipping paint or other damage that could have happened during the winter or early spring. Once you complete these important home maintenance activities, you will be all set to enjoy the warm weather and relax on your beach getaway.

SO YOU WANT TO BUILD A DECK?

 

How to plan a new deck that works with your property, meets your budget, and offers a great return on your investment.

 

On a warm, breezy summer day when relaxation is the first thing on your mind, there is nothing like hanging out on a deck. It is the ideal location for entertaining, cooking out, or simply catching some z’s. Not only does a deck boost your outdoor living space, but also it can actually become an asset when you sell your home.

 

Want some good news?

 

Decks add living space to your home at a fraction of the cost of an enclosed living area. When adding a deck you will pay $25 to $25 per square foot for a professionally build deck rather than $100 to $250 per square foot for a typical enclosed addition. If you are someone that is determined to build your own deck, plan on spending between three to four weekends on creating a deck that is 14-foot-by-18 deck. If building a deck by yourself is a task that you would like to complete then you can either purchase a ready-made deck or use an interactive designing website. Some great websites that will assist you in this process are Lowe’s Deck Designer and Deckorators.

 

Planning the perfect deck requires a lot of careful consideration of your site, your budget, and the features that you should or shouldn’t include.  To simplify this process, here are some priorities that our team at Executive craftsman believes is important when planning your dream deck.

 

Finding the perfect size and location

 

Since your deck is going to the most popular location to entertain, finding the perfect place for it to be is important. The first step is to decide how the deck will be accessed from inside of the house. Many decks are connected from the back door of the kitchen, however that most likely will not be efficient. All this does is force more traffic through the kitchen which slows down cooking and when a big group is at your home this can just cause an awkward traffic jam that is more stressful than anything. We believe a great solution to this is to add a French door or slider that will give you access to your deck from either a dining room, living room, or family room while being still in close proximity to the kitchen for preparing food.

 

Deck hack 1: Try to position the doorway in a location with an expansive view! This way your guests will immediately feel relaxed from the peace and serenity that your new deck offers.

 

This next segment is a very important one! Be sure that your deck neither takes over your yard or becomes completely lost in it. Many local codes may set standards for how large your lot can be and these limitations should definitely be checked early in your planning process with either your city or county building department.

 

Be sure that you take some time to find where you would like to put stairways off of the deck so that they provide access to the backyard without being in the way.

 

Deck hack 2: Consider the path of the sun and the location of the trees in your backyard when putting in your deck. It is possible for sunlight to be pleasant and warm in the morning while also completely unbearable in the afternoon if your deck is not positioned right. Having a shade tree to the west of your deck will help provide shade and block out the brutal late-day sun. An ideally located deck will also preserve privacy and act as a screen when the weather is a tad windy.

 

Consider local

 

Let’s be honest, it is possible for a deck to not be a cheap investment, which is why making up a good portion of this is important. Your deck needs to be something that those in the market will be interested in for years to come. Do not make it too wildly extreme, as this could actually become displeasing for someone that is interested in your home. We believe that your deck should be more than is what is expected in the market without being too over the top. Also, do not overlook local codes. A lot of potential buyers have inspections done on a home before they purchase it, so if the deck is not to code then they might say, “I will purchase this home, but only if you fix this deck too.”

 

Not only are codes important to preserve the values of a property, but they also promote safety. If railing balusters are spaced too far apart then they can actually become a falling hazard for animals or even small children. Many codes say that a 4-inch gap is the maximum for space between balusters. Also, a deck that is improperly attached to the house can cause a collapse. This can happen during a party for example because the weight of all of the guests is just too much for the deck to handle so the entire structure falls. Not only can this cause injury, but also it is somewhat embarrassing for the homeowner. Get a permit from your building department and always follow their requirements.

 

Naturally, but taking out a building permit, your tax assessment will rise, but only to the actual extent that the value of your property increased. Decks are actually considered an outdoor improvement like a walkway, driveway, or upgraded landscaping.

 

Even though it is tough to put a dollar value on improving the aesthetics of your home, looks can go a long way. Consider how the deck will meld with the beautiful architecture of your house. Railings will offer a great opportunity to add color and detail that will look gorgeous when paired with your home.

 

The perfect deck can definitely be created if you follow these tips from our team! For further help, we will assist you through the entire building process to ensure that no matter what you are left with the deck of your dreams.