If you decide to build a deck on your own, it can be an exhilarating experience. Not only are you adding a outdoor living space feature to your home, but you’re contributing directly to the value of your house. When you invite guests over you can point at the deck and say, “I built this with my own two hands.” The team at JJ Fencing & Decks can appreciate the DIY attitude and heart in those around Fort Collins, Colorado. However, if you’re not sure if you can build your own deck, give your deck contractors in Fort Collins a call. We’re always ready to help you build the backyard feature you’ve envisioned. If you want to learn more, here are some general guidelines on what you need to know about building a deck before you start.

Plan Ahead for Deck Construction

It seems redundant, but we’ve come across some half-finished deck projects that went awry because the homeowner didn’t plan their project before starting. A simple plan, timeline, expected material list, and cost list can save you a few headaches down the road alongside saving you some money in the long run.

Budget Your Deck Project

Once again, this may seem somewhat silly to mention, but the excitement of starting yet another DIY project can launch homeowners into the stratosphere before they’ve even paid for the rocket ship. Once you get a deck construction plan together, go through your material list and price each individual item out the best you can. Granted, you will run into costs throughout your project you didn’t expect, but at least you can get close to ninety-five percent of your budget situated for you begin purchasing materials and start deck construction. A budget also allows you to give your project some breathing room in case you do miss something or find yourself upgrading your deck as you build.

Get A Permit Before Deck Installation

In most counties around Colorado, you need a permit to build a deck. Your local deck contractors in Fort Collins understands this. Be sure to check with your city or county about local building codes so you don’t get halfway or even finished with your deck project and discover you have to tear it down or pay fines for not permitting the deck construction in the first place.

Check Your Tools

If you’re using a DIY deck project to justify purchasing more tools for your collection, we applaud you. However, make sure before you start your project you have the proper tools to get the job done. Sure, you can purchase the tools you need as you need them, but did you budget those into the project already? It could turn out you pay for tools and can’t finish your project because you’re over budget. Sure, you have a new set of tools, but your deck isn’t finished. How will you explain this to the spouse?

Call JJ Fencing & Decks to Hire A Local Contractor

If you’re not a DIY deck construction person or you realized you’re not cut out to build your own deck, we understand. You can still have the deck of your dreams. All you have to do is give your Fort Collins deck contractors a call, and we can help get your deck project planned, budgeted, and started in no time. Whether you want a glorious multi-level deck patio addition to your house or a simple single-level porch off the back door, we will be able to assist you.