There are many deck designs to choose from and whether you’re planning a multi-tiered extravagance or a small modest seating area, the deck that’s right for you will depend on your personal preference of style, size, functionality and price.
Permit requirements to build a deck
Before you get started the first thing you need to know is how the City of Calgary defines a deck, because that definition comes with rules and regulations that will help you maintain safety. The City’s development and building approval unit defines a deck as a structure that is two feet or higher off the ground. Below that height and they say you are building a patio. If you are building a deck, based on this criteria, you need a permit from city hall.
While you are waiting for your permit, a safety codes officer must review the design and the placement of your deck in your yard and agree that it meets building code requirements and land use rules. Permit costs depend on your square footage and when you’re finished building, you’ll need to schedule and pass a building inspection.
How will you use your deck
Decks are an extension of our indoor living space and the deck you build will have everything to do with the way you plan to use it. Will you be entertaining and cooking on your deck, how many people should it support and will you want to installing a hot tub? Once you have decided on how you will use it, you can design it to fit the use.
Other design elements to consider will be how to incorporate trees or trellises to create privacy on your deck. Where and how you will build your steps is also an important feature in deck design. Steps need to be at least six to eight feet wide and may be incorporated into a deck to add an interesting design interest. And don’t overlook the important of a stylish railing to frame your space and make it more appealing.
Design and material options
Now that your deck has been perfectly designed you will need to choose the right materials to make your deck design a reality that fits your lifestyle and your home. We have a list of options of the most sustainable and durable wood material.
When choosing you materials there are some very specific features that will help you decide the best for you.
Pressure Treated Decking & Lumber
Natural beauty of real wood and can be painted or stained
Premium grade lumber made from renewable resources
Treated for durability and protection from the elements, preventing rot and decay
Economical and easy to work with common power tools
Limited lifetime warranty
Cedar Lumber & Decking
Lightweight, easy to work with and ideal for all outdoor projects
Rich grain, colour and texture; can be stained for colour enhancement
Can be combined with other western red cedar products, such as deck components, spindles and posts, and lattice ornamental caps
Made from 50% reclaimed wood and 50% recycled and reclaimed plastic
Low maintenance with no sanding, staining, sealing or painting required
Natural look and feel without knots or splinters
Will not rot or deteriorate due to harsh weather conditions or insects
Available in 5 colours – stock and special order
Made from encapsulated recycled wood fiber and recycled polyethylene
Low maintenance, does not require staining, sealing nor treating
No knots or splinters, will not split when installed correctly
Can be cut and shaped with standard power tools
Lifetime limited, fully transferable warranty