How To Design A Deck: Layout

Hickory Dickory Decks Layout

The first component is the layout of your home and property. Here are some points to consider:

  1. How high above the grade is your doorsill? Most decks 2 feet above grade will require a railing-check with your city or town building department.
  2. Check with your city or town regarding backyard and side yard setbacks.
  3. Where are your property lines? Do you have an up-to-date survey?
  4. What existing obstacles in your backyard do we have to work with? i.e. landscape trees, pool, sheds, etc.
  5. Are you trying to get a view, keep a view?
  6. Do you need privacy from any neighbours?
  7. Items to look for: basement windows, air conditioner, water, bay windows, hydro, gas.
  8. Do you need shade?
  9. Where are the sun patterns during morning, afternoon and evening?
  10. Where do the wind patterns come from and in what season of the year?


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