Welcome to our new deck project!
When we were designing our new house, the double back doors were always meant to go right out to some type of outdoor space.
We weren’t sure if that would be a stone patio or a deck until our foundation was dug and poured and construction was underway. There were a lot of determining factors in our decision to a deck. How the land was sloped after grading and how high off the ground the exit was are 2 things that need to be looked at. Our doors were too high off the ground for a walk out patio so we knew it was going to be a deck pretty quickly after construction started. I envisioned a deck that spanned entire length of the house so it could be a serious party deck and extension of our house that could entertain lots of people for our large, extended family that all live locally as well as friends.
With the deck decided on, it was time to design the shape and also think about what materials we wanted to use. Having had a pressure treated deck in our previous home, I knew I wanted something different and preferably no maintenance! We decided on composite decking and knew it would be perfect for us. There are quite a few choices out there for composite decking and lots of places you can buy it from. My husband is a contractor so we know our building materials and sources! Our kitchen backsplash tile and faucet are from BuildDirect so when we were approached about a potential partnership, we immediately started looking at their decking materials and were excited about what we saw! Build Direct is an innovative platform for purchasing quality home improvement materials online.
Being obsessed with blue, gray, and white like I am, I knew I wanted to try and have a unique decking color that incorporated these colors somehow. I also wanted the deck to have a more contemporary feel to it and I also wanted it to be a little different. I found all of these elements with DuraLife composite decking boards in Coastal Gray. A light gray with a slightly blue undertone to them. We would be doing white fascia boards around the sides of the deck and the back of the stairs so this pretty gray color would contrast well with white. I obtained samples of a few colors and textures from BuildDirect before making my final choice. They were always so great to work with an prompt with their sample delivery.
The under framing soon got underway as we waited for the delivery of our materials. BuildDirect ships right to your house so we didn’t need to go anywhere to pick it up which is so nice. We chose a system with hidden fasteners so there would be no nail holes or drilling through the top of the boards. This gives it such a clean look and there is nothing to catch your bare feet on either!
My next post will cover the type of posts, handrails, and balusters we chose as well as have more progress photos!