If you’re interested in demoing and re-building an existing deck or building a new one, there are a lot of steps in the process, many of which are quite complicated. The process of building a deck essentially begins with the city. Most deck builds will require obtaining a permit, but this is based on many factors including but not limited to:

  • your building plans 
  • Your deck is attached to your home
  • Your deck is over a certain square footage
  • Your deck’s height off the ground
  • etc.

You don’t want to end up getting fined by the city or, even worse, causing your entire project to get derailed.

Since adding or removing a deck from your home qualifies as altering the structure of your home, permits and inspections are important things to prepare for now. Many people choose to throw caution to the wind and forgo this process, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and take the necessary steps to obtain a permit.

Getting a Permit

Getting the correct city permit takes time and knowledge, and if it’s something that you’d rather not deal with, you don’t have to. When you hire professional deck builders to design and build your deck, you won’t have to handle the permit process. You’ll be able to trust your builder’s expertise and know that they’ll obtain the permits you need to make the project legal.

Obtaining Your Permit From the State

In the state of Idaho, you must apply for your permit, pay the required fee, and then, once your application is approved, you’ll be cleared to begin the work. 

Once the work has been completed, and often throughout the process, the work will need to be inspected. Your deck build will be officially complete when the work has passed final inspection with the city.

To DIY or Not to DIY

It may be tempting to consider DIY-ing your deck project. However, there is much that goes into becoming a qualified master builder.  DIYers often reach the design process and planning stage, but quickly realize they have gotten in over their heads.

You can avoid this by beginning the process with a company you can trust: someone who can handle every aspect of the process for you so that you can focus on choosing materials and colors, and then work with expert designers to create your dream deck.

The Process Beyond the Permit

Once you determine that you don’t want to trust the deck-building process to yourself, you can breathe a sigh of relief and walk through the process with experts who handle everything for you. From the design to the measurements to the permitting process to finding and obtaining the raw materials, this is a project that many delegate to the experts. Should you do the same, not only can you enjoy the process, but you can enjoy your new deck, as well.

Building a deck doesn’t have to be a complicated or painful process. If you want to add outdoor living space to your backyard, demo an existing and structurally unsound deck and replace it with nothing short of a work of art, our experts can help. Contact us today at Blue Sky Decks to learn more about the services we offer and schedule a consultation with an expert who can help you with the deck-building process, from start to finish.

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