Building a Deck

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MightyMower, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. MightyMower

    MightyMower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    This doesn't have to do with landscaping, but...

    My uncle started building a deck for my grandparents. It was a horrible mess, so they want me to take over. I said i will only do the job, if i can do it by the book. So now, im trying to get my building permit because its the right thing to do...Turns out, they dont like my drawings. I dont have nearly enough info, they want to know way to much information. I probably will need to hire a contractor to help with the plans.

    This is crazy, i can build a deck up to code with no problems. But im hung up on this stupid permit. I feel bad for my grandparents, they already bought lumber(my uncles idea) which was $4500. I had to go take most of the hardware back and buy the right stuff which was an additional $500, now the building permit is another $250.

    Me taking over will cost about an extra $1000 or more. So i need some reassurance that im doing the right thing, by getting my permits and doing it right the first time.

    Also if you have any advice on how to do the blue prints, pls let me know.

  2. RakenShovel

    RakenShovel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    you didn't really say what you needed help with.

    describe the deck in more detail and people could probably help you figure out what you need to put in the drawings.
  3. bocefus78

    bocefus78 LawnSite Member
    from IN
    Messages: 16

    4500 buys ALOT of big is this thing??????
  4. RakenShovel

    RakenShovel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    maybe its composite?
  5. probe1957

    probe1957 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    I have built several decks for my personal homes. Never spent close to $4500 and never pulled a permit. Are you sure a permit is necessary? It isn't here unless the deck will be physically attached to the house. Mine wasn't but I probably wouldn't have pulled one anyway.
  6. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    A permit is necessary now because he already told the town about it. Just buy a deck building book. It will give you dead/live load specs, joist span charts, etc. Draw it up on graph paper. It's just a deck, shouldn't be that difficult.
  7. MightyMower

    MightyMower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    The deck is over 500sq feet of redwood. Lots of people dont get permits for decks, just because its so simple. But by law you are supposed to. If you dont the city can make you tear it down, and i would hate to see my grandparents loose all that money.

    I guess i dont need help with plans, I just need to know that im doing the right thing by sticking to my guns. Even though its more expensive and taking more time for me to do it. Im still going about it the right way.
  8. RakenShovel

    RakenShovel LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    lol, uhh..ok then *pats you on the back* You're doing the right thing!
  9. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    ???????? sounds like your inexperienced as much as your uncle. Plans for a deck are as easy as they come. If your not experienced you could waste a lot of wood. Do your self a favor and find someone who is experienced to at least get you going correctly.
  10. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    Find a local architect, you'll have a full set of prints in two days for less than $400. I always draw permits when I'm working on someone else's home, because unpermitted improvements can lead to problems when selling the home.

    some counties around here are actually surveying by air for additional building work and comparing it to the permit register.

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