Living in the Pacific Northwest gives people a true appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors. Adding a deck, porch, or patio to your yard is a great way to take advantage of your outdoor space at home.
Here are the major things to think about when planning to build or repair your deck.
A simple deck or patio may be all you need to enjoy those long Seattle summer days, but you don't have to settle for simple. Browse a few websites and you can get all kinds of ideas for integrating stonework and slate, creative planting areas, multiple levels, etc. Some of the higher end landscape construction companies will work with you to create something really special.
This is an important thing to consider as you'll be living with your decision for (hopefully) many years! You'll need to balance durability and aesthetics against cost, while also considering the environmental impact of your choice.
The finest plan and materials won't get you far if you put them together with shoddy workmanship. Unless you are an experienced builder yourself, or an exceptionally careful, meticulous learner, you should have someone who knows what they are doing build your deck. It's best to get a personal recommendation for a contractor or landscaper, from someone who has seen their previous work!
Good luck with your new deck! And don't forget to enjoy it when it's done!