Everyone in Saskatoon knows that our summer’s are precious…and limited. We eagerly anticipate every spring when the snow starts to melt, the first pelican is spotted at the weir and the indistinguishable smell of cow manure hits you as you drive by the University of Saskatchewan. That’s when you know spring has officially arrived in Saskatoon!
Although not all of us are ‘that guy’ who wears shorts and sandals when the temperature hits a balmy 5 degrees – we all know we have to take advantage of the weather while we have it. This includes enjoying your backyard deck. When meticulously built with design input from certified professionals, your deck provides an outdoor living and dining space perfect for entertaining on weekends or relaxing after a long day at the office.
Before you hire a Kijenga certified contractor for your deck project, here are 4 things you should consider:
You need to decide what the purpose for your deck is. Is it to have a table and chairs to enjoy an outdoor meal, to have a place to relax and socialize, or both? Along with determining what the general use for your deck is, you will need to determine some other factors including: BBQ location, pool/hot tub location (if applicable), container garden locations and if you require shade.
Size and Placement
To determine size, you will want to take into consideration your backyard as a whole and how the deck fits into the big picture. The size of your yard can dictate placement and location of the deck. When you determine the use for your deck and consider how much space you will need for the furniture you will require, you will have a better idea of how big of a deck you will need.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to have input into the placement of the deck, you will want to consider the following:
- Accessibility to house
- Location of sun/shade
People tend to think of decks as rectangular, however with the consultation of a certified professional you can get creative with the design to best utilize yard space and appeal of your outdoor living space. Kijenga certified professionals can help in the design process, but it is always good to have some ideas in place before meeting with them.
Considerations for designs are:
- Levels: Do you want multiple deck levels?
- Privacy: Do you require privacy screens from nosy neighbours?
- Shade: Are you interested in a pergola or retractable awning?
- Lighting: Do you want deck lights or stair lights installed?
- Gas/Power: Do you require a gas line to your BBQ installed? Do you want outdoor speakers installed?
Of course there are other important factors to consider when designing a deck such as getting permits, following City of Saskatoon guidelines and ensuring the deck is structurally sound. But that stuff isn’t the fun part so let the pro’s take care of that!
There are a variety of options for what materials to use. For decking you can consider pressure treated wood, composite, PVC decking or vinyl decking. Railings are another material to consider: wood, composite, aluminum, glass, there are a variety of options. All vary in maintenance, life and cost. Your best bet is to have a conversation with a professional about what is best suited to your needs.
If you’re ready to enjoy your summer and outdoor space like never before, relax and let someone else do the work – invest in a deck built by a Kijenga certified contractor! Post your project for free at Kijenga.com and we will connect you with our certified contractors.