Have you always dreamed of adding a beautiful outdoor space to your home? Is your existing deck or porch in need of an upgrade or facelift? There are a couple of things to consider before you begin.

Fit Your Budget

Before you begin, you must decide on a budget. As with any home building project, it’s a good idea to leave a little wiggle room should you have unexpected expenses or construction problems. Nationally the average cost for building a deck is $15-$35 per square foot, but the price depends on the landscape, materials used, and any extra options. 

Deciding on a Material

Deck building materials pressure-treated wood, thermally-modified wood, composite lumber, aluminum, etc. Although wood decks are traditional and commonly considered more attractive, other materials can be easier to maintain, waterproof, simple to install, more and eco-friendly.

If you are deciding between wood versus composite materials, check out this blog to learn more.

When to Build

Although you might assume that spring through fall are the best times to build a deck, many construction and home building companies work year-round. Frozen ground can slow construction, so whenever possible, it’s best to dig the footings (the supporting foundation) in advance.


Choosing the Right Builder

The right builder can make all the difference. They will be able to navigate the building codes and permits you will need to build, advise on size and height, and prevent potential problems later on. Lastly, they will make sure that your deck is safe as you enjoy your new space with your family and friends.


Minnesota Home Improvements has years of experience and expertise building decks and porches in Central Minnesota. Just getting started? Request a quote on your project!