Deck Building

Overview
Because of the great weather and wonderful views we enjoy in Colorado, you will find that a deck addition will not only add enjoyment for your whole family, and become a great entertaining area, but will also increase the value of your home by as much as 72% to 82% depending on the materials used, according to the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) for the Denver area.

Comstock Custom Remodel has added decks to many homes in the Greater Denver Metro area. Our team will help you throughout the process from your initial planning to the finishing touches. With our background, knowledge, experience, and expertise we will be able to help you determine how to make the best use of the area available.

A deck can be built in any form or shape from a single ground level deck to a raised or second level deck with additional levels extending to the ground level. With a walkout basement a main level deck opening on the bedroom, dining or kitchen area or any other area on the main level of the house will also act as a patio covering for the walkout basement landing area. These overhead decks can be fitted with a water draining system diverting water from above away from the covered area. In this case a deck serves a dual purpose. This area can then be enclosed for use in inclement weather.

Usually, the least expensive and easiest to build deck is at ground level. For these decks to be possible the landing area adjacent to the house must be fairly level throughout. Generally, decks less than 30 inches high do not require a handrail. Freestanding, ground level decks usually do not require a building permit. CCR will check with your local building department to determine if a permit is required.

Another less expensive deck design is a free standing deck built adjacent to but not attached to the home. These decks can be built to surround a tree or raised artistic rock or planted area. Water features can be added creating that pleasant but neutral background sound. These decks can also incorporate a wet bar area, fire place or fire pit, barbecue, and just about anything else an attached deck can offer.

If the area adjacent to the home has a reasonably steep slope away from the home a raised deck or two story deck becomes the best option. These decks are more expensive as they require concrete footings, posts and additional bracing.

For homes without a usable backyard because of the landscape slope, decks offer the ability to create a usable outdoor area for family enjoyment or entertaining that would otherwise not be possible.

With the addition of a gas line, heat lamps can be installed on any deck to maintain a comfortable temperature in our cool Spring and Fall evenings.
Decks that extend beyond the kitchen may be able to incorporate a pass through window with an outside counter for serving food.

Develop a plan

Before contacting a contractor spend some time determining what your new deck will be used for and the design you envision. Take notes and draw sketches. Some things to consider are:

• Will this be a single level deck or multilevel?
• Will you want only one entrance or two or more entrances?
• Will access to the adjacent area be from one set of steps or more?
• Will you want a fireplace, fire pit or built in barbecue?
• Will you want a food service area with a sink?
• What materials do you want for the decking?
• If required what style handrail do you prefer?
• Will this deck include a hot tub with a vanity screen?

The CCR team will aid with the design and draw plans for your review. This is a critical first step as once construction has started it becomes costly to make major changes.

Getting an estimate

The CCR team will make a complimentary visit to the site, listen carefully to your needs and requirements to get a clear understanding of what is expected and determine a cost range within which a detailed estimate should fall. If this estimate range falls within your budget range the estimating process will continue.

We will then develop drawings / plans and prepare a detailed estimate with a “price not to exceed” clause, excluding changes to the plan made at a later date or due to unforeseen circumstances. There is a fee for this service which will only be charged if a construction contract with CCR is not signed.

CCR will visit a second time to walk you through the plans and make sure all the requirements of the buildout are what you want and make any necessary adjustments. This helps you better visualize what the finished buildout will look and feel like. Some changes to the original estimate may be required if unforeseen circumstances arise. All changes to the original estimate will be covered with a change order signed by both CCR and you.

Finally, once you agree with the design and estimated price and the proposed start-up and estimated completion date a contract will be drawn up. Once the contract is signed work will begin.

Call us today for a free visit and consultation 720-506-2233.