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What Should I Consider When Building a New Deck ?

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Building a new deck is an exciting project that can enhance your outdoor living space and increase the value of your home. However, it requires careful planning and consideration to ensure the final product meets your needs and expectations. Here are some key factors to consider when building a new deck:

Purpose and Functionality

  • Usage: Determine how you plan to use your deck. Understanding your intended usage will guide the design and functionality, ensuring the deck meets your needs. Will you be using the space for entertaining, relaxing, or dining, or a combination of everything?
  • Size and Layout: Consider the size and layout that will best accommodate your needs and the available space. Think about traffic flow and furniture placement.


  • Sun and Shade: Assess the amount of sun and shade the location receives throughout the day. You might need to incorporate shading solutions like pergolas or umbrellas.
  • Views and Privacy: Position the deck to take advantage of desirable views and consider adding elements like privacy screens or landscaping to enhance privacy.


  • Wood: Popular options include pressure-treated lumber, cedar, and redwood. These materials offer a natural look but require regular maintenance.
  • Composite: Made from a mix of wood fibers and plastic, composite decking is low-maintenance and durable.
  • PVC and Aluminum: These materials are highly durable, resistant to weather and insects, and require minimal maintenance.


  • Costs: Establish a budget that includes materials, labor, permits, and additional features like railings, lighting, and furniture. It’s also wise to budget for contingencies and any unexpected issues that may arise during construction.
  • Long-Term Costs: Consider maintenance costs for different materials. For example, wood may require staining and sealing, while composite and PVC are relatively maintenance-free.

 Design and Style

  • Aesthetic: Choose a design that complements your home’s architecture and your personal style. Consider color schemes, patterns, and decorative elements.
  • Features: Decide on additional features such as built-in seating, planters, lighting, and outdoor kitchens or fire pits.

 Building Codes and Permits

  • Local Regulations: Check with your local building department to understand the required permits and building codes. These regulations ensure your deck is safe and compliant with local laws.
  • HOA Rules: If you live in a community with a homeowners association (HOA), review their rules and guidelines for building a deck.


  • Railings and Stairs: When planning your deck, prioritizing the safety of railing and stairs is crucial. Ensuring these features are sturdy and up to code is very necessary.
  • Structural Integrity: Use quality materials and construction techniques to ensure your deck is strong and durable. Consider hiring a Design Build company, like Marvista Design Build, to make sure the proper steps are taken to complete your deck.


  • Material Care: Understand the maintenance requirements of your chosen materials. Regular cleaning, sealing, and repairs may be necessary for wood decks, while composite and PVC decks are easier to maintain.
  • Longevity: Do some research and choose materials and finishes that will stand up to the local climate and provide long-lasting enjoyment. Good quality materials may be pricey from the start, but will be worth the investment down the road.

Contractor Selection

  • Research and References: If hiring a contracting company, do thorough research. Check references, look at previous work, and ensure they are licensed and insured. Marvista Design + Build is a reliable company to consider in the Pittsburgh area. We are a solution for home owners who want someone to help with it all, design, safety, permitting, budget and construction.
  • Clear Contract: Have a clear, detailed contract that outlines the scope of work, timeline, costs, and payment schedule.

By taking these factors into consideration, you can ensure that your new deck not only enhances your outdoor living space but also adds value and functionality to your home. Here at Marvista Design + Build, we are happy to provide a start-to-finish process, from design to construction. We’re confident that you’ll feel assured and satisfied in your decision to work with us.

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