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Deck Planning Checklist

Deck planning list

It’s never too early to begin planning for summer entertaining and fun. If adding a deck is on your list of things to do, Parr Lumber has the supplies you need.  Here’s a planning list to help you get started.

Choose a size

A quick rule of thumb for deck sizing is to allow five square feet for each person who will be on the deck. So, if you have a family of five, you should allow at least 25 square feet for your deck. You’ll want to add additional room for parties and cooking space. The size of your house and yard will also help determine the size of deck you can have. Make sure you leave enough open space in your yard for other outdoor activities. Also, consider if you want the deck elevated or at ground level.

Choose a style

There are a wide variety of options for the height of your deck. Your deck design should be customized to meet the specific needs of your home and your family.

1. Ground level

This is a good option for families with young children or single-level homes.

2. Elevated

This option works for multilevel homes where access to the deck will be upstairs. It requires proper safety planning and handrails.

3. Tiered

Use multiple levels of the deck to create separate areas for each activity.

There are many features that can be built into your deck design, including built-in seating, planters, outdoor kitchen appliances, and decking patterns.

Make a plan

After you have decided the size of your deck, the style, and the features you want, it’s time to make a plan. Decide where you want to access the deck from your home if there will be stairs and where you need utility hookups, and what your budget is for the project. Now you’re ready to create a rough drawing on graph paper or you can go to parr.com to start building your deck with their deck planning software.

Construction considerations

Before you begin construction, here are some considerations:

1. Check your property lines to ensure you aren’t crossing any with your proposed deck.

2. Diagnose any drainage or grading problems that need to be corrected before you begin the project.

3. Decide what type of foundation you’ll use. Things to consider:

  • Type of soil
  • Will the deck be anchored to the home or freestanding?
  • Do you need to do major excavation work?

Foundation types include concrete piers with or without sills, prefabricated deck blocks, or foundation piles or screws.

4. Decide what type of decking materials you’ll use.

Now that you have completed your deck plan, it’s time to choose and order your building materials. The professionals at Parr Lumber can help you select just the right amount of materials you need to complete your project. And if you aren’t sure what material is best, they can help with that too.

Good luck building your new deck. You’ll be happy you did when summer comes around — this year and for years to come.

Author: Dawn Killough – Inventory Specialist at Parr Lumber

Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/explore/at-home/building-a-diy-deck-its-easy-once-you-make-a-few-decisions/

Parr Lumber Deck, Fence and Outdoor Living Expo 2022

Kicking off 2022 spring with our exclusive Parr Lumber Deck, Fence, and Outdoor living expo happening at 10 Parr locations. Check it out!

Deck Expo Highlights:

*Free Deck planning services
*Green Mountain Grill Giveaway worth $899
*Manufacturer representatives on-site
*Meet with one of our best in the industry vendors to help answer questions
*Gain more knowledge and insight specifics related to products.
*Event only specials
*Free lunch (11 am – 1 pm)

Deck Expo Locations:
Saturday, April 2 – Hillsboro (9 am – 3 pm)
Saturday, April 9 – Vancouver
Saturday, April 9 – Newberg
Saturday, April 16 – Raleigh Hills
Saturday, April 16 – West Linn
Saturday, April 23 – Prineville
Saturday, April 30 – Salem
Friday, May 6 – Pasco
Saturday, May 7 – Bothell
Saturday, May 7 – Spokane

For more information visit: https://parr.com/events/deck-expo/

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Consumer Disclosure

You have not yet won. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT THE 2022 PARR LUMBER FENCE, OUTDOOR LIVING, & DECK EXPO TO ENTER (UNLESS YOU ENTER VIA ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF ENTRY DESCRIBED IN THE OFFICIAL RULES). The expo is on the following dates at the following locations, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time: April 2, 2022 at our Hillsboro store at 7650 NE Wagon Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124; April 9, 2022 at our Vancouver and Newberg stores at 6400 E 18th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661 and 200 N. Elliot, Newberg, OR 97132; April 16, 2022 at our Raleigh Hills and West Linn stores at 4605 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97225 and 2351 SW Borland Rd, West Linn, OR 97068; April 23, 2022 at our Prineville store at 601 N Main Street, Prineville, OR 97754; April 30, 2022 at our Salem store at 4050 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem, OR 97301; May 6, 2022 at our Pasco store at 2105 N Commercial Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301; and May 7, 2022 at our Bothell and Spokane stores at 17617 15th Avenue SE, Bothell, WA 98012 and 4111 East Francis Avenue, Spokane, WA 99217. Enter by using the QR codes or Sponsor’s tablet to submit an entry form at the event. One prize will be awarded, and the winner will be randomly selected. The prize is one (1) GMG Ledge Prime Wifi-Enabled Pellet Grill (worth approximately $899.99). The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. One entry per person and per household. Must be 18+ and Oregon or Washington resident. Other restrictions apply. Sponsor: Parr Lumber Company, at 5630 NE Century Blvd., Hillsboro, OR 97124. Click on the link for the complete promotion official rules.

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