Planning a Deck-building Project

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Building a deck is a great way to enhance the resale value of one’s home and provide an additional hosting space that allows individuals to enjoy the cool breeze on a sunny afternoon. Despite the simplicity of these extensions, their construction might not be as straightforward as one might think. There are multiple aspects to consider when undertaking such a venture, and careful planning is required to ensure a successful venture. 

Some of the primary elements to consider when planning a deck-building project include: 

Developing a Suitable Design 

The first stage of any deck-building project involves developing a suitable design for your particular home. There are multiple issues to consider when initiating such a project, and the final decision will depend on aspects such as personal preferences, available budget, and HOA regulations. A good rule of thumb when it comes to size is that your deck should never be bigger than your home’s largest room. Sticking to even dimensions such as 10X10 or 20X20 is also recommended for easier construction. The extension should hold enough space for outdoor furniture and any dedicated sections that will be integrated into the installation. Newton MA Deck Builders recommend initiating an allowance of 20 to 24 square for each person to avoid a cramped layout. 

Applying for a Permit

Homeowners will need to apply for a permit before they can begin their construction. These licenses are generally provided by the local municipality of the region and are enforced to ensure the extension meets safety standards with its installation. Building a deck without a permit can lead to hefty fines and in some cases, individuals will have to tear down any structures that have been built without the necessary licenses. To acquire a permit, you’ll need to submit a filled application together with two sets of construction plans and site plans. Contractors will also need to submit a copy of their licenses with the application, as well as pay a fee for the permit. The fee and time required to get approval ranges from region to region.

Hiring a Professional Contractor 

Many people might be tempted to take on a deck-building project as a DIY to lower the potential costs involved, but this can also harm the overall quality of the structure. Amateurs will not be able to offer the same results as Newton MA Deck Builders with years of expertise and experience. Professional builders will also offer a financial safety net as their services are insured and as such one will not have to pay out of pocket for any injuries or accidents that happen during the project. Building companies will also feature warranties with their products should any sections fail to meet the standards expected with their installation. Contractors will be more familiar with the building codes involved with deck installation. It’s worth noting that these codes vary from region to region and in some cases can change over time. 

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