I’ve been wanting a deck for what seems like forever at the cabin. The front of the cabin has a screened in porch on the right, and the left is covered but not screened in. We use the screened in part of the deck as a sitting area, and when it’s nice out it’s my favorite room in the house, so since we don’t have a deck or patio in the back, we really have no outside space for dining or even laying out in the sun. You can take a peek at the open porch here and a small peek at the screened in porch here.
I found this picture and I’m including it for two reasons: our deck will need to be on the second floor, and we want to incorporate some kind of enclosed space underneath. Not an enclosed porch like this, but a place for storage. There seems to be some challenges in doing that, especially in relation to preventing leaking in the room below.
This deck seems to be about the same size as ours will be, which is 12×32. Ideally, I would like composite decking for both the deck boards and railings, but of course it’s significantly more expensive. We could have composite railings and pressure treated deck boards, as a compromise. Originally I wanted part of the deck to be an enclosed porch, but that’s too expensive so we abandoned that idea.
I have an appointment on Thursday with the Pro Desk at Home Depot, and I want to try to finalize the design and whatever materials we are going to use at that time. We are also speaking with a few contractors and trying to decide what features to include. That’s where you come in.
If you have a deck, are there any features you have that you can’t live without? Any that you feel were a waste of money? What materials did you use and would you use them again? Any other tips to share would be appreciated!