5 Things to Expect When Building a New Deck

Building a new deck or outdoor living space can be really exciting – it’s a new space for you and your family! But it is a large undertaking and requires a process, so it’s important to know what to expect. Even when hiring professionals like us to do the job, there are a few key things to keep in mind. So, let’s discuss some of the things you can expect while building a new deck or outdoor living space.

Planning and Design

Before construction begins, we’ll need to plan and design your deck or outdoor living space. This involves deciding on the size, shape, and layout of the space, as well as any additional features such as built-in seating, a pool or a fire pit. We guide you every step of the way to create a plan that meets your needs and fits your budget.

Renderings by SelectDecks of Several Outdoor Living Projects

Materials and Costs

Once we’ve finalized the design, it’s time to choose your materials. This will depend on your personal preference, as well as your budget. SelectDecks is a Trex Pro Platinum Builder, so we always use high quality Trex composite decking. There are many different decking lines, styles, colors and textures to choose from, so there’s plenty to fit your style. There’s also countless options of stone for fireplaces, patios, retaining walls and more. When choosing materials, we’ll help you stay within your budget and factor in the cost of any additional features you want to include, such as lighting or a pergola.

Covered Deck Project by SelectDecks feat. a Blaze Grill

Permits and Codes

Boring, we know, but permits are required to build a new deck or outdoor living space. There are also local building codes and regulations that we’ll need to adhere to. This can include things like the height and size of the deck, as well as safety requirements for railings and stairs. Luckily, SelectDecks handles all permitting and builds everything to code, so that you don’t have to stress about rules and regulations.


Go time! Once we have all the necessary materials and permits, it’s time to start construction. Depending on the size of your deck or outdoor living space, this can take anywhere from a few weeks to a month or two. During this time, you can expect to see a lot of activity on your property, including the use of power tools and heavy machinery which may disrupt your landscaping a bit. While those aspects aren’t necessarily ideal, we try to get the job done with as little disruption as possible. Check out our blog on Why You Should Start Building in the Winter, to get some insider tips that might lessen the headache of construction on your property. We also prioritize communication throughout the process to ensure that everything is going according to plan and you’re always in the loop.

Finishing Touches

Congratulations, construction is complete! Now you’ll need to add the finishing touches to your new deck or outdoor living space. This can include decorating with fun and functional furniture, adding some plants or a garden to liven up the space, or even adding some backyard games like cornhole for your friends and family. This is the fun part of the process, as it allows you to really make it your own, and most importantly, enjoy your new space!

Covered Deck & Outdoor Fireplace by SelectDecks

The process of building a new deck or outdoor living space can be a little stressful, but as soon as you’re enjoying your new backyard, it’ll all be worth it. By knowing what to expect, you can ensure that the process goes smoothly and that you end up with a space that you’ll love for years to come. With our help, your new deck or outdoor living space will be a beautiful addition to your home.