Written by: Lisa Hallett Taylor
After much consideration, you've chosen a deck over a patio. Now what? It's time to figure out the important details that will push your project beyond a sketch on a napkin to become an actual outdoor living space.
Decks can be connected to a house or detached. Decking materials include softwoods, tropical hardwoods, synthetic woods and pressure-treated lumber. Then there's the type of deck you desire (like wraparound, pool deck, etc), along with shape, size and even the placement pattern of the wood.