Despite the fact that decks are popular and add to the overall aesthetic of a house, it is often not included in the original design. Homeowners have to have a deck built once the house is already fully-functional. But there's no need to create a big fuss over this because deck-building is easy. It also does not require the assistance of a professional.
Homeowners can simply turn it into a DIY home project that they can start doing anytime they want and can finish at leisure. However, there are three primary aspects that have to be considered first prior to starting the building process. These include:
- The location of the deck. The primary purpose of a deck is to give people some space to bask under the warmth of the sun. Homeowners have to decide whether they want the deck to fully absorb either the morning sun or the late afternoon sun when choosing the location. In some cases, it might also be necessary to add some shade onto the deck as a shield against harmful UV rays when the sun is at its zenith.
- The furniture. Some homeowners prefer to buy the furniture after the deck is finished. But some experts believe it is best to choose the furniture first and then designing the deck to match it. This way, homeowners can have an outlet for their quirky sides.
- The materials. Approximately 80% of decks around the world are made out of some type of timber. Timber decks in Sydney are mostly made out of hardwoods like Red Balau, Philippine Mahogany, and other materials that are native to Australia and the surrounding countries. But there are also a few homeowners who choose to build their decks using unconventional materials like aluminum. The important thing about choosing the material is that it gives you good value for the money that you spend on it. This means that it has to be sturdy and reliable.
Aside from these considerations, homeowners would also have to make sure that they obtain the necessary permits. The NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act of 1979, a Development Application (DA) permit is required if an individual wants to act upon a development proposal. Building a deck may also require this permit because it falls under the category of the erection of a building'. This category includes any alterations that need to be made to the whole or to parts of the existing structure.
In order to fully understand the permit requirements, it is best to check with the local council. They should be able to explain the different permits that may need to be accomplished, which also includes planning and building permits. The local council may be able to provide the planning permit and then direct the homeowner to a reliable surveyor who can help execute the building permit.
It is entirely possible that the deck could be exempted from the necessity of obtaining permits. In some cases, homeowners may only need to tweak a few details on their deck designs in order to qualify for an exemption. But to be sure, it is best to also discuss this in detail with the local council.