Many homeowners and families are spending a lot of their spare time outdoors, soaking up the sun, reading a good book or entertaining friends. Almost as much time is being spent on the front porch as inside the home. If you’re thinking of building or renovating your porch, make sure you have an expert deck builder to do the work.
This will be an important addition to your home. Not only will it give you all a place to kick back and relax but it will also increase the value of your home and be a constant source of pride. Being the first place your guests will see upon entering your home, you want it to be a sight to see, so to speak.
Although many homeowners are handy with tools and great at DIY projects, if you’re not sure of yourself, hire a deck contractor for the job. It will be worth the cost to get it done right.
Before you start your deck planning, a few preliminaries need to be taken care of, including getting necessary permits. Check with your local zoning committee to check on what type of permits you’ll need or what codes need to be followed. You don’t want to start your project only to find out you violated some laws. Certain localities dictate where decks and porches can be built as well as how large or how far from the road, etc. so it’s best to be sure before you start.
The internet is a great place to get some deck or porch ideas if you’re not sure what you want. Numerous websites are available to give you ideas on size, flooring, porch railings or windows, if it’s going to be an enclosed porch. Many people like the idea of an enclosed porch as a way to keep out insects and mosquitoes. Once you know exactly what you want in your porch, you can begin with your sketches or blueprints.
You don’t have to be an engineer to draw up your sketches of what you want. This will be a good way for you to figure how many materials you need and what kind. You can also take your sketch to your local building supply company, where they’ll be happy to help you figure out what you need as well as what the final cost will be.