What’s a Deck and what does it look like in our Sterling Home? How is a Deck different from a Patio, Balcony, Courtyard, Porch, Floating Platform and more…
Decks are more important in a home that many think, Sellers and Buyers. They can be eye-catching and just pay attention when a Buyer views a property with a Deck during a beautiful weather day and see how longer they stay on the Deck compared to other rooms and areas of the house. Despite a Deck being pretty simple and often bare, it’s remarkable how much interest it clearly has. It can make the difference between a deal closed and a deal missed.
Decks in Home Construction
Decks are typically elevated wooden platforms for dwelling built attached to the main building. Access is from the house through doors and from the lower level via stairs. A railing is installed primarily for safety. They are typically built at the back or even the sides of the house.
(Very) Useful to know: A wooden deck is (one of) the most cost-effective home improvement project (N.A.R.)
A very attractive, yet so useful feature
In their simplicity, Decks catch buyers’ eye and make a lasting effect as it’s easy to imagine how it can be used. They are a projection of the indoors onto the surrounding grounds and they convey the feeling of being outside, close to nature, but not quite to have to forego the convenience and comfort of being within easy steps of the building. Especially in deck-friendly areas where the outdoors is enjoyable for a long period of time, just like swimming pools, Decks can be very often used by families privately and for larger gatherings.
The simplicity of a well built Deck comes with many benefits including a relatively low maintenance and impressive durability. A good weatherproof staining job will have to be repeated only after years, while keeping it clean requires a quick pressure washer treatment. Despite not having much protection from the elements, a wooden deck can last 10 to 30 years, while if built with composite materials, their lifetime can extend to double that of one in wood.
Difference between decks and other outdoor features
Patios are outdoor spaces also, but they are situated on the ground, rather than elevated. Their shape is much more flexible than a Deck and they can be anywhere, close or attached to the building or totally detached. They can also be built with many different materials, but generally all capable of dealing with any issues that may arise from being directly on the ground. Decks are attached to the building, but detached from the ground, often supported by footings in metal and cement, with the rest made out of wood or similar material, like composite.
The lack of a roof makes Decks different from porches which are also partially enclosed, from sunrooms which are totally enclosed. Balconies are an extension of the building itself, projecting out from the structure of the house rather than a separately built and supported feature. Pergulas are a covering, sometimes over Decks as well like awnings and canopies. Courtyards are similar to patios, but surrounded and enclosed by walls.
Finally, floating platforms are similar to Decks, typically built in wood, but stand detached from buildings. They are usually more or less elevated from the ground which is always a good idea when using wood, but also to minimize the chance of harboring critters.
Intense use and versatility
Especially in the warm and dry season, Decks can be used quite intensely as a place to socialize, to relax, and also for food and drink consumption. The image of a deck with a BBQ grill is a classic, but some add food preparation stations or even a kitchen, in line with the use as an extension outdoors of usual home activities.
A carefully designed Deck can be a feature of beauty and a great statement from outside, sometimes having multiple levels and architecturally sophisticated layouts. They are often designed and positioned to enjoy the view of the outdoors and ideally built facing the West and South for sunsets and full exposure to sunlight, or East to enjoy a relaxed breakfast or brunch and admire the early light of the day at the same time. Sometimes they project out to enjoy 270 degrees of views and the sun rays all day. Decks, since they usually don’t have any heavier covering than an awning or canopy, don’t require supports that would impede and therefore are a great way to enjoy unobstructed views of the outdoors.
Deck in our Sterling Home
There’s nothing missing in our single family home located in Sterling, MA, so of course there’s a beautiful Deck. It’s wide and deep, well built with a beautiful railing. Access is intelligently from the side of the house to not disrupt the neat architecture of the back of the house including the beautiful Deck railing itself. The Deck is built over the poolhouse/lodgeroom and it can be accessed through sliding doors from the main living area of the house. You can step right onto the Deck from the informal dining and kitchen area. A further door opens onto the Deck from the family room granting direct access from an intensely used space like a family room.
Did you know? Deck, in home building, is from deck, in ship building, as they both are usable, open, flat surfaces traditionally built as wood platforms
The perfect deck?
Ideally a Deck faces the sun, so South, and also, for privacy reasons, in the back of the house. Additionally, for easy access from the most used areas of the home and for welcoming and entertaining guests, Decks are accessible off family rooms or other living areas of the home. Finally, Decks are often designed and built where the best views can be enjoyed, often aided by an elevated and unobstructed view. Our home in Sterling has a beautiful and large deck which checks all the boxes; it faces South, perfect for basking in the unobstructed sun. It’s 1 story above the backyard level with beautiful views on already elevated ground looking over the golf course. It’s large, private, overlooking the pool area, the patio and backyard lawn. It’s in great shape, low maintenance and easily accessible from the main living area through sliding doors from the informal dining room and kitchen area, and through a separate door from the family room. The stairs are easy and wide and climb up from the side of the house, leaving the front of the deck railing uninterrupted and undisturbed which enhances the great aesthetics of this beautiful Deck. What else does a Deck need to be perfect?
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