How do I make my deck more appealing with simple add-ins?

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I'm a retired,100% disabled veteran on a tight budget. In coming months,I'll be getting it and my driveway removed and replaced, for a bid for 8,000 labor+materials and rentals. I've seen many beautiful decks but lack the financial means to invest in costly modifications...can you help me?
Kind regards,
Patti Israel
329 N 1500 E
Layton UT 84040

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  • 27524803 27524803 on May 17, 2018
    Contact the VFW and Veteran's organizations in your area.. and see if you can get assistance with making additions and repairs to your deck... HomeAdvisor.com or Angieslist.com can give you verified referrals for contractors.... they can give you valuable information on what your deck needs to be structurally sound and suggestions to make it more usable for your needs.... there may be a minimal cost for coming out...but the information will be worth it.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 17, 2018
    Is the deck in need of repair?

  • Janet Janet on May 17, 2018
    Add some plants maybe an outdoor area rug and some outdoor pillows to your existing outdoor furniture. Hang a bird feeder, wind chimes an umbrella anything that makes you want to spend time there

  • Patti Israel Patti Israel on May 17, 2018
    Yes, unfortunately, even the supports are splitting.. I've asked for VA VSO help but, even though it's a main exit, decks are considered "cosmetic"...I'm going to have to stick with the retired homebuilder and his 35 year old son because of the excellent price they agreed upon. I'm more interested in attractive but inexpensive enhancements DIY once it's finished. Thank you for your help!

  • Linda Linda on May 17, 2018
    Hi, not sure how your disability affects your ability to move around. Wondering if rugs will cause hazards for a walker or cane user? Potted plants are a nice addition consider how you will transport water. Size of deck and railing style will affect your expense. If you have a view to preserve consider how much you will see over and thru. $8,000 is a nice budget obtain numerous bids and check references to have the best outcome. If your city requires permits for decks and /or driveways be sure your contractor is licensed. Good luck with your project