(14) Reasons to Build a Deck This Year

Building a deck is an excellent way to add value to your home and extend your living space. Decks are one of the best ways that homeowners can increase their property’s marketability. 

Decks are many reasons to add a deck to your home. From enjoying more outdoor time with family and friends. Upgrading to a composite deck gives you all these benefits with minimal maintenance, giving you even more time to enjoy your outdoor oasis.

If you don’t want to build exactly what everyone else has built, there are thousands of design ideas for building a unique deck online! Here are some reasons why you should build a deck this year.

Decks Increase Your Home’s Living Space

Is your house feeling a little too cramped? Building a deck is the ultimate solution to creating more space!

The increased area can include an outdoor kitchen, where you can have barbeques with friends and family. Plus, chowing down on tasty burgers while sitting atop the stairs sounds way better than squished around a dining room table any day.

Relaxing Outside

A deck is ideal for relieving pressure when there’s not enough space in the kitchen – plus. Moving the heat and smoke from cooking outdoors frees up the kitchen inside for prep.

Have you been wishing for more space in your family room to entertain friends this Friday night? A deck may be the solution! A couple of chairs out on the deck make an ideal spot to sip cocktails and chat with guests. And if a game night is what you have planned, add a table and get ready for some intense card games while taking in the cool evening air.

A deck is simply more living space. A place to stretch out, relax and enjoy being home.

Building a Deck Makes Your Home More Appealing to Buyers

Decking adds instant appeal and increases interest from buyers when it comes time to sell your home. It gives them something worth looking at, which can be especially important if you live in a neighbourhood with similar-looking homes on each corner.

One of the major factors in selling your home is its appeal to prospective buyers. Your house’s value goes beyond its price tag when it has everything buyers are looking for in their new home. Also, with more amenities and storage space than others nearby, they’ll be sure to want yours!

Building a Deck Adds Value to Your Home

You can easily add living space to your home by building a deck, and the more living space in your home, the more value there is. In addition, increasing buyers’ interest by removing the need to add a deck right after moving in.

Speaking of money, wood decks offer, on average, an 82.2% return, but composite decks only 63.6%. Either way, you can expect to recoup some of the cost of adding a deck to your house when it comes time to sell.

A real benefit, after years of enjoyment. The next homeowner will be delighted to pay you for the privilege of a similar experience – a major bonus!

Building a Deck Gives You More Storage Space

Adding a deck gives you space to store more items, like outdoor furniture or barbecue equipment. This can be incredibly useful whether you’re hosting large parties and need extra seating or want someplace nice to sit outside on your days off. 

A new deck will give you additional room for storage for outdoor equipment such as:

  • Patio sets
  • Grills 
  • Shelving or bench storage for pool supplies or outdoor toys for children 

There are many options for shelves and cabinets for pool maintenance equipment for decks with pools, either on top or underneath the deck. Optional benches with storage containers underneath may also provide plenty of storage solutions. 

Decks Result in Less Landscaping Maintenance

It is a given that landscaping can be expensive and time-consuming. Decks offer an alternative to regular landscaping for those who want the benefits of outdoor living without the cost of landscaping. For a typical house, new landscape design and installation costs average $3,000 to $15,950.Opens in a new tab.

Decks are great for year-round use and can even boost your home value when it’s time to sell down the line. Plus, you won’t incur the expenses for maintenance on your home’s regular landscaping, as decks require minimal annual maintenance.

Decking Makes Your Yard More Functional 

With all of these great reasons to build a deck this year, there’s no question about how adding one will make your yard more functional and increase its value as well. In addition, since most people enjoy spending their summers outside, a deck can give you a space to do so.

If you enjoy spending time with your family or cooking meals for them, there are options to include spaces for grills or even outdoor kitchens. If a pool is something your family has always wanted, building a deck around one gives you the option to have a place to dry off or socialize. 

Larger decks also give you the option for storage underneath. You can utilize this area to store your lawn maintenance equipment. The functional and practical features of your deck are endless and can be customized in any way you like.

Take a Break Outdoors While Enjoying Dinner

Sitting down outdoors on your deck to devour the meal is utterly gratifying.

If you’re lucky enough to have shade over it, then it provides a refreshing escape from the stuffy indoors.

eating outdoors

I don’t know about you, but my wife frequently requests that we enjoy our dinner outdoors!

There is something inexplicably uplifting about eating outside with a gentle breeze.

Building A Deck Gives You the Opportunity to Host Events 

If you like to host events, a deck can be the perfect addition to your parties. Invite your friends and family over for cookouts or dinner parties. It’s an easy way to entertain guests all summer long.

With its “high ceiling,” it’s the ideal spot to gather in groups without feeling cramped.

And if there are more people than expected? No problem–simply spill over onto the grass and keep enjoying quality time outdoors with those around you! What better way is there to get together outside?

For example: If you’re hosting events at night, use lights so guests can keep partying late into the evening. With many online tools availableOpens in a new tab., decks can be customized however you want them. 

Building a Deck Offers a New Look to Your Backyard

Whether you want a grill station or benches, the possibilities for customization are endless! Decks make for significant seating areas and add an extra floor area in otherwise unused space. If your backyard is looking drab and in need of a change, a deck might be the perfect way to spruce up the look. 

A deck is an excellent way to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home’s exterior. Whether you choose a natural wood or composite deck, it adds texture and colour to the space.

Plus, with many different curves and angles, makes your house’s exterior unique.

You may also incorporate various other features like benches, railings, steps, planter boxes or a pergola, for added visual interest.

And if you want to take it to the next level, add lighting fixtures, rail lights or even an outdoor fireplace!

One way to take to increase appeal is to mix different composite deck boards together. Shawn from Premium Outdoor Living is famous for doing this with his deck creations. He adds a unique touch of beauty and design, as well as creating a visually stunning and inviting space for his clients.

Decks are attractive to many people for a variety of reasons. For one thing, they provide another exit from the home to the yard, which has been shown to add value.

Add Dimension to Your Home

The other day, my wife and I were out for a stroll when she remarked that the house with a deck and pergola stood out from the rest with extra depthOpens in a new tab. compared to all the other homes.

Adding Demension with a Deck Pergola

It’s true: a deck at the back or side of your house extends an extra dimension to its appearance.

Whether it’s stepping up, out and around through the garden, or just a simple balcony-style deck with railings overlooking the yard – when you add a deck, you’re instantly creating another dimension to the house’s appearance.

Improve Health, by Increasing Sun Time on Your Deck

A deck can be a highly beneficial addition to your home.

As it provides an ideal destination for moments of respite when you need nothing more than some fresh air and time in nature.

“Vitamin D from the sun helps improve your Health.”

Immersing yourself in nature can be a great way to de-stress, whether it’s taking a hike out into the woods or simply sitting on your deck. Even just moments spent appreciating the beauty of nature from your own backyard can make all the difference.

Enjoying the sun on a deck

Taking a break outdoors is an effective way to boost energy levels. I, myself, can attest that when working on this article in front of my laptop screen, all I want to do sometimes is escape outside for a bit just to clear my head and refresh my creativity. After coming back from the outdoor excursion, I feel recharged and ready to write again!

Taking a break outside? Consider turning your deck into an outdoor office for some much-needed invigoration!

Reap the Benefits of Working Remotely While Soaking Up Some Vitamin D!

With all the current wireless technology, it’s never been easier to bring your laptop outdoors and get work done while soaking in some sunshine on your deck.

It’s an incredibly refreshing experience that you can switch up by sitting on the stairs or moving over to a table as the sun shifts. A deck is truly like having a second office with a view.

Enjoy the Pleasure of Gardening Just Outside Your House

Gardening on your deck can be a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature without having to leave the comfort of your home.

With just some strategically-placed planter boxes, you’ll be able to bring life and colour into your life out on your deck.

Step outside and revel in the tranquillity of tending to your outdoor oasis. With a cheerful spirit, prune those dead-headed blooms or sprinkle purified water over dry soil when needed – all easily done from the comfort of your deck!

Plants around a deck

As someone who’s passionate about plants and watching them bloom with life, I find joy in gardening on my own deck: it is simply an idyllic experience.

Even when I’m not giving them any attention, my plants bring me joy. On a hot summer day, taking in the sight of my beautiful clematis vine providing respite from the sun is incredibly refreshing. The scent of flowers always puts me in an uplifting frame of mind and I get immense pleasure out of observing how they change over time as they grow and develop.

Decks are Affordable(Cheaper Than a House Addition)

On average, the cost to construct a deck can range anywhere from $30-$80 per square foot. Yes, that’s a significant spread, but that is because a deck has countless features and material options.

For instance, a straightforward 20′ by 20′ deck will typically set you back between $12 000. But if you add a pergola or outdoor kitchen, it can easily jump to $32 000.

But consider what a home addition would cost, and a deck is a much more affordable home improvement. HomeGuideOpens in a new tab. puts the average room addition between $90 and $210. Making the same size room will cost between $36-84 000. But between you and I, 20 years in construction tells me that an addition costing only $36 000 is not going to increase your home enjoyment.

Making the deck a better alternative for those who want to add a room to their home without breaking the bank.


Adding a deck to your home offers many benefits, from enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your exterior space to increasing its value.

Whether you prefer wood or composite decks, there are plenty of ways to customize and make it unique.

Plus, with features such as benches, railings and planter boxes, you can create an inviting outdoor living area that will bring joy for years to come. If you’re looking for a way to add dimension and enjoyment to your house while also increasing its value in the long run – investing in a deck is certainly worth considering!

Ryan Nickel

A Red Seal carpenter, passionate about building decks to be enjoyed.

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