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While decks are most often attached to a home, they can also be separate structures. These kinds of spaces can be used for many things, so it’s up to the lifestyle and preferences of your family. Freestanding decks can range from simple and affordable to elaborate and expensive, but no matter what, they’ll add incredible value to your home.

Here’s everything you need to know about building a freestanding deck and the best ways we’ve seen homeowners use their freestanding decks.

Are Freestanding Decks Difficult to Install?

Freestanding decks are not required to have your typical footings or ground supports dug into the earth. They also do not anchor into your home in any way. This flexibility allows for homeowners to create usable space and add value to an otherwise unused portion of your outdoor area. 

Due to less risk of damaging the home and a lesser level of difficulty in anchoring the deck, many homeowners choose to build their own freestanding decks if the design is small and simple. Larger decks and more intricate designs often require professional consultations and assistance.

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What Should I Use My Deck For?

Before any deck project, ask yourself what you feel is missing from your outdoor space. Many times, you can figure this out by thinking about you and your family’s favorite activities. Do you spend a lot of time at the pool? Do you enjoy entertaining or eating outside? Often, adding a deck can either elevate these activities or make them possible where they weren’t before. 

Depending on what you are looking for in your design, you may be able to include things like:

  • A fire pit
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • A pergola
  • A gazebo
  • Water features
  • Gardens
  • Privacy walls

The deck materials you choose must take into consideration how you plan to use the space. Make sure to discuss your vision and wishes with your contractor to make sure all your design ideas will complement each other and fit within your budget.

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Where Should I Locate My Freestanding Deck?

When it comes to location, homeowners have built decks around their pools or in their gardens. These decks can limit the mess, create safer walking areas, and make maintenance easier. Others have built elaborate outdoor bars and kitchens as an extension of their indoor area. These new spaces can take entertaining or relaxing nights to a whole new level.

One of the best ideas for placing your freestanding deck is to think about underutilized space. You may have a corner of the yard that doesn’t lend itself well to gardening because of the soil, or the grass just doesn’t seem to grow right. Maybe you always use the space closest to your home, but the back end of your yard has no specific draw for your family and guests. By adding a deck to this space, you give it new life and create a space to enjoy.

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Build Your New Freestanding Deck With Advance Inc.

At Advance Inc., we’ve helped countless homeowners create beautiful new outdoor spaces with creative decks. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor kitchen or a safer place for your kids to play, a freestanding deck is a great solution.

No matter the deck project, call Advance Inc. to answer the important starting questions and begin designing your dream deck!

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