Planning a Deck-building Project

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Remodeling your home is a great way to enhance its residential resale value, as well as improve the functionality of the abode. There are numerous elements to choose from when considering such a venture, with the primary decision being the choice between interior and outdoor renovation. For individuals intent on the latter, building a deck represents one of the more popular options available. According to a report published by Statista, the number of single-family residences experienced a rise between 2010 to 2021. As simple as this structure might seem, however, there are multiple aspects to consider when adding such a structure to one’s home. 

Some crucial elements to consider when planning a deck-building venture include: 

DIY vs. Hiring a Professional 

The first issue to consider when building a deck is whether to approach the venture as a DIY or hire a professional to handle the job. Granted most decks seem like simple structures with their box-like designs and simple frameworks, but ensuring a safe structure is never something that should be taken lightly. It’s worth noting that these extensions will likely hold you, your loved ones, and other visitors regularly, and as such their sturdiness shouldn’t be called into question. One should never attempt this construction as a DIY without the guidance of at least one person with adequate expertise in the venture. Following the “simple” steps of a DIY video is less than likely to lead to successful results. It’s also worth noting that established contractors are insured and bonded, meaning they’re financially liable for any monetary drawbacks that might occur during the venture. This can be an essential safety net when initiating a significant investment. Professional builders will also finish the construction in a shorter period, as they’re better equipped, hold more experience and come in numbers. 

Acquiring a Permit 

Another essential issue to consider with a deck-building project is the need to apply for a permit. Most regions require homeowners to apply for a permit before they can add this extension to their house. However, floating decks that are less than 30 inches off the ground and don’t block any areas of egress to the house don’t require a license. Permits are generally acquired from the building department of the local municipality. Individuals will be required to submit a set of scaled drawings of the deck with noted dimensions and a copy of the site plans. The applicant will also be required to fill in a form and pay a registration fee during the process. Depending on the region, approval can take between one week to a month for confirmation. Many building offices also offer individuals the chance to conduct the application process online through a virtual portal. 

Scheduling Construction 

Because decks are outdoor structures, the timing of their construction has a significant influence on the potential working conditions enjoyed. Many homeowners tend to target spring and summer for these building ventures, but fall also holds several benefits for individuals who would rather avoid the demand that floods the market during this time of year. Planning for early winter is also a great way to find better deals in the market, as demand dwindles to a near standstill at this point. 

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