Your home is the place where you can relax and be yourself. You have crafted and curated the perfect environment to let your best self shine. Someday though, the time will come to sell your home and move on to the next great adventure.
When that time comes, will your home be ready? While you hope that the sense of care and precision you applied to every aspect of your house shines through to potential buyers when it is time to sell, that may not always be the case.
If you are looking for ways to boost the resale value of your home, one exceptional idea is a deck addition. Homes that have a deck are more versatile, and therefore more appealing to potential buyers.
At Dupont Construction and Remodeling, we know how necessary a return on investment is to homeowners. Keep reading to discover some of the outdoor deck ideas for your home that are sure to increase your home’s value, without breaking the bank.
Do I really need a deck?
The short answer is, no, you do not. But the real question you should be asking yourself is, “How can I significantly increase the resale value of my home without a major renovation?” The answer to that question is – “Build a deck!”
Now don’t get us wrong, a deck can be a serious renovation. But, if you want the most significant impact with the least amount of expense and disruption, building a deck is a better option than a master addition or a kitchen renovation.
If you do it right, a deck can create a better flow to your home and can add some much-needed space to your layout. In fact, a deck addition can add up to $10,000 in resale value. Plus, you’ll recoup up to 75% of your cost with a wood deck addition.
Your deck should function as an extension of your indoor living space. To be effective, it should blur the line between the inside of your home and the outside.
To accomplish all this, you need to plan and strategize — a well-thought-out and practical deck functions by creating borders that are separated neatly. You need to take into account the amount of space you have at your disposal so you can get the most out of your deck addition.
I want to build a deck, now what?
Now, it is time to begin planning. If you are in the Minneapolis area, contact Dupont Construction and Remodeling for a free consultation. A professional contractor can answer any questions you have.
There are several decisions you have to make before you can begin building your deck.
- Size- How big will your deck be?
- Materials- Do you want a wood deck, or would you rather use composite materials?
- Levels- Do you want a single layer deck, or would you prefer multiple levels?
- Finishing touches- Do you have your heart set on any particular finishing materials? You should be thinking about these as early in the process as possible.
One of the most important considerations to decide on before you begin building is how you see yourself using your deck once construction is complete. You need to think about factors such as usability and versatility.
Think of your new deck as an added room to your home. What will this new room’s primary purpose be? Will it be a place to relax or entertain? Maybe a little bit of both?
The point is, you should have some idea of the type of space you would like to build. Its purpose will shape its construction.
To make your deck stand out, you need to add some unique touches and stylish flares. The key is to incorporate those artistic points in a way that is functional and logical. Don’t just throw it all together and hope it makes sense in the end.
A haphazard and poorly planned space will not add value to your home. In fact, it may do the opposite. It could draw attention to your house for the wrong reason, and that won’t help you when it comes time to sell.
If this all seems overwhelming, don’t worry. That is why the help of a professional is so valuable. When in doubt, ask the expert; they are there to help.
I’m still not sure what I want.
You are not alone. For many people, home renovations are more a source of anxiety than joy. But you don’t have to fall into that trap.
Just take some time to think about how you will use your deck. Do you want a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor entertaining? Do you have a particular view or feature toward which you would like to draw attention?
Do you know what materials you would like to use? Do you have a particular style or aesthetic in mind? Don’t keep it all in, tell your contractor.
The best designs are versatile. They allow you and your new space the freedom to change and grow as your tastes evolve. Your ultimate goal should be to get the most usability out of your deck as possible.
We recommend you go one step further and actually map out your deck — Plan where you will place pivotal furniture and design pieces ahead of time. You can always change your mind on the specific details, but the more you plan ahead, the better flow your deck will have in the end.
Wood or composite?
Thankfully, there is no wrong answer here. On average, the cost recouped for both materials is in the high 60th to mid 70th percentile range. Also, the added resale value for both is around 10-13 thousand.
What is really comes down to is personal preference. Talk to your contractor about your options and what is best for your project.
Keep in mind, wood requires fewer upfront costs but more maintenance in the long term, while composite is more expensive initially, but upkeep is less stressful and costly. For more on this topic, check here.
To really increase the resale value, consider adding an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, or a pergola. These are a few surefire ways to improve your home’s appeal when it comes time to sell.
Contact Dupont Construction and Remodeling when you are ready to build your deck. With us, your home is in good hands.