The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 28, 1998 · Page 60
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 60

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, March 28, 1998
Page 60
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1 W U- ' r aa'AK" Vv •'' '- SpRiNG'1998 • HOMES ''Decking Out" Your Deck Brings Increased Returns Afortft American Precis Syndicate Homebuyers rate decks as the most desired outdoor feature of a home, according to Building Material Retailer magazine. That's because today's decks are no longer just surfaces to store lawn furniture and hang clothing to dry. They're outdoor living rooms that provide space for entertaining, cooking, lounging and children's play. And decks are a valuable addition, as they typically recoup 71 percent of their original construction cost. If you want a deck that holds its value and provides years of entertainment, consider the following tips: •Take time to specifically think about what kind of deck you need. For example, how many people will be using the deck (size), when will it be used (is lighting necessary) and who will be using it (will steps be a problem). •Remember that decks are an extension of your home. Therefore, echo the style of your home in your choices of deck shape and style, furniture, color and landscaping. The goal good years from now. Some products, even come with a lifetime limited warranty to ensure they will hold up against the elements. should be to create a deck that looks as if it has always been there, rather than added as an afterthought. •To maximize your return on investment, choose quality building products that will look •Decks are no longer just built in a standard rectangle— experiment with geometric six- sided and eight-sided sections and curves, diagonal, herringbone and sunburst patterns, as well as multi-level designs. •If your deck is more than 24 inches off the ground, railings are usually required by code. However, railings can be an eye- catching feature—utilize ornate uprights and interesting patterns. •If you will be using your deck primarily for entertaining, consider built-in seating with a circular eating area. This provides a more intimate atmosphere, allowing guests to speak to one another in a close-knit space. Furnish it with weather- resistant chairs, lounges and tables. •Safety will be a concern if children will be playing on your deck. If you're using treated wood, pay special attention to its chemical content. Some brands contain arsenic, which can cause infection with splinters. •Consider adding amenities to increase the value of your deck, such as a hot tub or spa. Many homebuyers find that hot tubs are more practical than swimming pools, and are easier to maintain. . . ... ; ... ._.„.,-;_ it gl t s h a nor -o use 4109 £. North Street Custom designed for family living, Authentic detailing with spacious entry with open staircase, 2-story livipg room, vaulted ceilings, library loft, spiral staircase, large gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, adjoining gazebo sun room, formal dining room, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 5,200 sq. ft., oversized garage. Currently operating as Hunters Leigh Bed & Breakfast. New gothic style stone stable with 8 state-of-the-art horse stalls. 10+ acres. jFor your personal showing call 785-823*6750

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