A deck can be a wonderful addition to your home. It will provide your family more space to enjoy and can increase your property’s resale value. What should you know before you get started on a new deck?
- You Need a Budget – As with any household project, you are going to need a budget. Decks cost money. A very small, simple deck may cost around $2,000. Larger projects with more features can cost over $12,000. Make sure you can fund the job from start to finish with some room in your budget to spare.
- Start with a Deck Plan – You need a plan. Decks aren’t just square platforms of wood. They come in all shapes and sizes. Check out examples of other decks and look at materials to get started.
- Building Codes May Apply – Find out what building codes or homeowners’ association rules will apply to your project. If you don’t, you could wind up in legal trouble later.
- Apply for A Permit – You may be tempted to skip the permit. Don’t do this. A permit is needed to ensure that your plans are structurally sound and safe. You could run into issues later if you decide to sell your home with a deck that wasn’t built with a valid permit.
- DIY or Contractor – If you have experience in carpentry, then you may be able to construct your deck. However, if you don’t, then your best option may be to hire a professional. They know what they are doing, will work efficiently, and can recommend the best materials and methods.
Building a deck can be very rewarding. Let John’s Lumber help you create the perfect outdoor space that matches your home and meets all building codes. Give us a call today or stop by our Clinton Twp. or Shelby Twp. location for your custom deck estimate.