|A porch, deck or patio is one of the most basic projects in home construction, and most do-it-yourselfers have the skills to build one or the other. Few home improvements can match a well built wood deck or porch for usefulness, beauty and enhanced value to a home. For adults, decks offer outdoor living space for relaxing, entertaining, sun bathing and dining. For children, they provide an excellent outdoor play area. Patios made with stone, brick or pavers are usually the easiest way to create an outdoor space for picnic tables, benches and grills while adding natural charm to the yard. Even a basic, quality built, small porch leading to a front or rear entrance can greatly add value and beauty to a home.
But the best news about a deck, porch or patio is that these are ideal home improvement construction projects for the average handyman or handywoman. Usually, the design is straightforward and no advanced carpentry skills or sophisticated tools are needed. And even stone or brick patios require minimal mason skills (scoring, cutting, etc.) that can be learned in a few hours. If you can hammer a nail, saw on a straight line, cut and lay brick, and read a level, then building a deck, porch or patio should present no major problems.