Plan & Design

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Plan & Design

Start by gathering some basic information to assist in the planning process, i.e.

1. DECKS

  • Take a picture of your home where deck is to be built (for visual reference).
  • Sketch a basic footprint for the planned deck
  • Place a couple of stakes in the ground to help with visualization.
  • Make note of any obvious constraints such as elevations, door locations, sidewalks, stairs, etc..

2. FENCING

  • Determine overall length and layout
  • Note post spacing
  • Note any obvious changes in grade
  • Account for gates and other access requirements

3. PERGOLAS

  • What will be the most common use (scale/features)
  • Consider scale in relation to surrounding structures as well
  • Think about how much¬†shade you want (side/top)
  • Consider impact of prevailing winds

4. ROOFING

  • Measure length, width and roof overhang of building
  • Determine pitch or gable height
  • Measure length of ridges, starter, valleys and gables

5. SIDING

  • Measure length, width and height of building walls¬†to be sided
  • Note door and window sizes in consideration for trim

6. SAUNAS

  • What is the available space
  • How may occupants
  • Indoor or outdoor
  • Change room
  • Electric or wood fueled heater