5 Money-Smart Deck Additions and Renovations

Feature ideas for decks that get the biggest returns on investment

By Jan Soults Walker


Considering boosting your home's value with a deck addition—or updating your current deck? Keep these desirable features in mind to make it functional and inviting. 

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Choose Deck Materials Wisely

Adding a new deck extends your living space to the outdoors and, when well done, increases your home's value. According to Remodeling magazine's Cost Vs. Value Report 2013, building a 16x20-foot wood deck costs about $9,300 and realizes a return of slightly more than 77 percent on your investment, should you sell the house.

Opt for a deck composed of composite materials, and the budget output rises significantly to more than $15,000 and drops nearly 10 percent to a 67.5 percent return. (This means that with a composite deck you're out more than $4,800 at sale time versus a little more than $2,100 with the wood deck.)  

For more, read All Decked Out: Pick Your Plank Material

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