You’ve decided that now is the time to finally construct your dream deck & patio cover.
You’ve started to piece together a number of your favourite photos from the glossy magazines or Pinterest & there is the one big ‘prefect photo’ pinned to the notice board & on the fridge.
So, you’ve had a few people out to talk ideas…the tape measure comes out & it all seems to be coming to life. But then you start talking about the $$ dollars & cents – that’s where the anxiety and/or disappointment comes in.
You had X set in your head but it came out as Y. If it’s only a matter of $10 or may be $20,000 the conversation can be a little bit easier to have.
However, sometimes it can be the opposite – where the difference between reality & your bank balance can be tens of thousands.
So what can you do? What are your options? Here are a couple of areas to review…
- Work out what you REALLY want
Start at the top & then work backwards or work from your ‘ideal scenario’ & work out what are the MUST HAVES. At the beginning, most people want everything but the kitchen sink included into the design. In fact, even the kitchen sink in the outdoor kitchen gets in. Clean your list down to your top 3 must inclusions.
You might like the lined ceiling look, but it could mean an extra $10k compared to the insulated roofing sheets, which would then mean you could get the new outdoor table & chairs. See where I’m going here.
Sometimes you might not be so lucky & you might be forced to effectively upgrade your material selections due to your bushfire zone. For instance if you are in BAL 29 or even higher in BAL-FZ you will have to rule out timber for your deck & look at more expensive options such as aluminium boards or tiling.