Designing Your Deck First To Save Money
Let me think here for a moment, is everyone in the world
interested in saving a couple of dollars or is it just me and a few
people that I know. Designing your deck before you build it can save you
a lot of money, if you plan properly.
One of the biggest problems with deck designers is their inability to make building materials work to their advantage. I don't know how many decks I have built, that were designed by someone else, that produce more building waste than you could ever imagine.
If building materials come in 2 foot increments, design your deck around these measurements if possible. In other words, if your decking materials are sold in 12 foot and 16 foot increments, try to build your deck using these measurements.
In other words, try not to design a 10 foot deck, if you can only get the decking materials and 12 foot lengths. This would produce 2 foot of waste and if you don't have anything that you can build with these extra pieces, you're throwing your money away.
Remember, I'm trying to get you to think about your deck design, not telling you how to build your deck. If you only have enough room for a 9 foot deck and the decking materials are sold in 12 foot lengths, there's not a lot that you're going to be able to do about the waste, in a situation like this.
There are hundreds of ways to save money in the construction business and common sense is usually the key to designing and building a wonderful deck, that can be enjoyed for years to come.