Angie's List: Building outside your home

By: Elizabeth Owens, Angie's List Email
By: Elizabeth Owens, Angie's List Email

Thursday, July 5, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Whether you live in a tight city apartment, the suburbs or in the open country, there are things you can do to take advantage of your outdoor space.

Adding features like patios, walkways and retaining or sitting walls make outdoor space usable and easy to maintain. Decks are another option for providing your family with additional space for outdoor enjoyment. You can build decks to any size or design.

However, before starting on any big projects, it’s important to talk about your goals and your budget.

"When planning an outdoor project and talking to contractors, remember to talk to them about what you want to have as your end goal. And it might be that you are looking at a five-year plan for getting this project all done. And then make sure you find someone who listens to you about your budget so that they know exactly how much you can spend and where you can make the most impact in your yard right of the gate,” said Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.

Other things to consider are rules and regulations. A deck may require a building permit since it’s usually attached to the house. Most built-in fire pits are regulated to be installed at least 25 feet from the home.


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