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Old 07-23-2014, 09:49 PM
 
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Looking at a new house in clarksburg MD. Should I get a morning room (incentive) or apply the incentive dollar amt to other options and then build a deck after the settlement from outside vendor?

Has anyone done this ?
Thank you
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:51 PM
 
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Your home, your choice and no one else can make the decision for you.
You just have to ask yourself which is going to be used the most by you?
Which is more practical and functional for your life?
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Decks are actually maintenance intensive if you want them to retain their like new appearance. They require staining, cleaning and demildewing. As pickets and handrails get older they tend to split and warp requiring replacement. The deckboards are the same way. Most contractors don't put a lot of support into things like the steps so they will require replacement at some point in order to maintain them in an aesthetically pleasing condition and safe.

I'm not sure what a Morning Room is but it sounds like an enclosed prefab room. You should contact the manufacturer to see what maintenance it will require as time goes on.
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Old 07-31-2014, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Which direction will the house face? If it faces west, that is the only way I'd do a deck; you're most likely to use it in the evening and the sun will be on the other side of the house. Screened porches are really my preference though.
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:02 AM
 
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Decks are actually maintenance intensive if you want them to retain their like new appearance. They require staining, cleaning and demildewing. As pickets and handrails get older they tend to split and warp requiring replacement. The deckboards are the same way. Most contractors don't put a lot of support into things like the steps so they will require replacement at some point in order to maintain them in an aesthetically pleasing condition and safe.
We have vinyl-clad railings on our screened porch and deck, and I love it! We're on a wooded lot and get tons of tree debris, and after 10 years, the railings still wipe clean with a damp cloth. When mildew does occur, a little mild detergent takes care of that.

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Which direction will the house face? If it faces west, that is the only way I'd do a deck; you're most likely to use it in the evening and the sun will be on the other side of the house. Screened porches are really my preference though.
Do you mean east? If it faces west, you get the sun going down. Ours faces west and I've always envied our neighbors on the other side of the street who have evening shade in the back yard.
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Do you mean east? If it faces west, you get the sun going down. Ours faces west and I've always envied our neighbors on the other side of the street who have evening shade in the back yard.
I mean the house itself faces west (so the deck is on the east side of the house and yes, evening shade). Sorry for the confusion!
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Frederick, MD
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As a Realtor, I would say always add the square footage. It will help the resale value, in the long run. Also, it is much cheaper to add a deck then it is to do an add on.
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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I'd say go with the morning room. You get the added sq footage which will help with the value of your home, and you also get to add the deck afterwards.
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