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How to Determine The Right Size For Your Deck During Construction

What is the Right Size For Your Deck?

Adding a deck to your backyard is the ideal way to increase your useable outdoor space. Your future deck could become an outdoor kitchen and eating location, a space for entertaining, or just a place to relax. Planning to use your new outdoor living space is just one of the considerations when choosing the size of deck you need. Read on for an overview of the factors that should go into deciding how large to make your new deck.


Making sure your deck is the right size is key in deck installation.

Why Do You Want The Deck?

The most significant factor in deciding deck size is how you want to use it. If you’re adding a deck, you must have a reason. If you want a space to sit on in a few chairs, your space needs will be very different than if you wish for a fully-decked-out outdoor kitchen with seating for 10.

Generally, the things you plan to put on the deck should influence how much space you need: measure your lounge chairs if you want a deck for lounging (and add a bit more room to maneuver around them comfortably). Measure your table and chairs if the deck is intended for dining (and again, add space for getting around them).

If the deck is an outdoor kitchen, measure your grill or outdoor cooking fixtures (and space to move about). If you’re adding a grill, the type of grill will influence how much space you need. In addition to affecting size, the use of the deck will also influence decking material choice.

What Are The Building Codes?

Don’t forget to check the building codes for your area (and the HOA rules if an HOA covers your home). There may be regulations about permitting, where it can be and safety considerations (like how high off the ground, railings, and other factors), and who can legally construct it, among other issues. Before diving into the process, check out all those factors and plan for them.

Will It Complement Your Home?

Finally, remember that your deck should not overwhelm the rest of your home either. Most people would recognize that it should not be larger than the house’s footprint, but most professionals say it shouldn’t be any bigger than 20%. 

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When you embark on your next project for your property, trust Eastern Shore Porch and Patio to help. We service Bethany Beach, Ocean City, Lewes, Salisbury, and the Delmarva area. You can request a quote today! If you have questions or concerns, call us at 302-436-9520 or send us an email at For updates and ideas, follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Youtube.

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