3 Questions You Need to Ask Your Deck Builder

Posted October 20, 2022 in 3D Design, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, Furniture, General, Videos

One of the most important questions to ask is how much experience the deck builder in Easton, Pennsylvania has overall, how many years the deck builder has been in business, and whether they can handle the entire design, project management, and construction process. Since everyone’s lifestyles and homes are different, it’s important to have a partner who can help you think outside the box when it comes to designing your new deck while eliminating the stress it could take to build it.

If your new deck builder lacks design, construction, project management skills, or the vision and care to understand the difference between a boring backyard and an outdoor living space, you could be stuck with a high-maintenance, bland stretch of wood that just wastes time, money, and space rather than the attractive destination your new deck in Easton, Pennsylvania could be.

This is why we are sharing 3 questions you need to ask your new deck builder in the Lehigh Valley:

  • How will my new deck look?

If you want an outdoor living space, you will need to think beyond the standard table and chairs to transform your deck from a passive sitting spot into a hardworking gathering hub that will allow you to create and enjoy some of life’s most precious memories with your family and friends.

We know that visualization is the first crucial step to designing a functional and comfortable new deck that you will actually want to use. This is why we help you create a custom 3D design video that will allow you to select exactly where the new cozy chair will go, determine if you actually need the built-in wooden bench to accommodate future seating arrangements, consider if you will actually use a full outdoor kitchen, and more. This proven process allows you to make educated decisions on options, eliminates surprises, and ensures that you don’t waste money on features that you will never use.

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  • How much will my new deck cost?

When you’re working with a custom deck builder in Easton, Pennsylvania, you should get an estimate for your new custom deck early on in the process. This estimate should cover design fees, labor costs, material costs, and any other expenses such as permit and inspection fees that might be associated with the project so you aren’t surprised by any hidden numbers that pop up along the way.

If you have never transformed a backyard before, you probably have no idea how much your new custom deck should cost. This probably has you worried about getting taken advantage of or scared of being hit with hidden charges halfway through your project. This is why MasterPLAN provides you with a Budget Study that has a rough range of costs associated with your custom design, laid out à la carte so you can feel comfortable and confident about every decision you make about your investment.

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  • Who will build my new deck?

Deck construction requires careful planning to ensure structural integrity and safety. In addition, all municipalities require a permit for deck building, and knowing what permits you need can be challenging even for qualified professionals. We understand that evaluating contractor capabilities, verifying licensing, insurance, or references, coordinating multiple trades, and managing schedules can be intimidating and frustrating without experience.

Partnering with a designer who builds rather than a builder trying to design will streamline your project by providing you with one point of communication and a pool of reliable and trusted craftsmen that have the proven ability and experience to complete your project.

MasterPLAN’s proven design-build process promotes the highest levels of collaboration and efficiency among all team members by providing a single source of responsibility for all aspects of your project. Your MasterPLAN partner will coordinate with our trusted construction specialists to ensure the vision you have for your new outdoor living space comes to life effortlessly throughout your build. Your personal project concierge will keep you updated and informed about who will be at your home, what time they will be there, how long they will be there, what to expect, and other important details so you are never worried or surprised when building your new deck.

Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any and all engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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In the meantime, download your exclusive copy of the Top 5 Design Secrets your Contractor Doesn’t Know. So you can stop fearing that you will make the wrong decisions about your new outdoor living space and instead be confident when selecting the right firm to help transform your backyard into the outdoor living space you always dreamed of!

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