How do I start the process of getting my project discussed
with a professional, and getting an estimate?
A: You can start the process by simply calling 708-307-1788, or using our Contact Us page, and scheduling an appointment with one of our sales professionals.
If I decide to have Design-A-Deck Inc. do my project, how
long until construction gets started and how long will it take
A: Depending on the time of year and weather variables, most projects can be started in as little as 2-3 weeks and typical construction of 2-5 days. Scheduling in Fall and Winter provides for a much quicker turn-around than Spring and Summer Scheduling.
Do I need a Construction Permit?
A: Local city codes do require that you have a building permit for your deck. This process is not as scary as it may seem. The city codes are designed to help protect you, as the home-owner, from shotty craftsmanship and unsafe structures. Design-A-Deck Inc. can assist in every step of this process and has developed professional relationships with all towns in the surrounding areas.
Does it take a long time to get a permit through the city?
A: No. Often city plans examiners will have a permit ready within 2-5 business days.
What information do I need to get the city-required
A: All cities require a plot of survey showing the placement of your house in relation to your property boundaries, and a detailed schematic of the project to be built. When you purchased or built your home, you should have been provided a plot of survey showing the basic property boundaries as well as the placement of your home. Design-A-Deck Inc. can provide the deck schematics for city review.
Do I need to pay in full for my project up-front?
A: NO, however the majority of the time you will be required to put 20% down to lock your position in our schedule and to have our team work with the village towards obtain your building permit. We take money up front simply to vest both yourself and Design-A-Deck Inc. into the project together. Be leary of companies who require a large deposit before materials are ordered and construction has begun.
What are the steps of having a construction project done on
A: The first step in starting any construction project is to do research on the products you want to use, and the contractors you would like to have bid on your project.
The second step is contacting Design-A-Deck Inc. via email or telephone, and scheduling an appointment to have a qualified sales representative come meet with you at your home to discuss your project.
The third step is working with your salesman to design the project you've been dreaming of, and receiving a bid to complete the project.
The next step involves the signing of paperwork to get the construction ball rolling. Even after signing a contract to start construction, you can ALWAYS still make design changes by discussing them with your salesman. The contract is simply a commitment to have Design-A-Deck Inc. build your dream project.
Now we have to get together the required documents to pull a city permit. Your contractor will tell you specifically what you will be required to provide for plan review with the city, and either you, as the Homeowner, or the contractor can pull the permit.
Finally, the construction can begin!
Once construction is complete, clean up is done, the city has inspected and signed-off on your project, and you are COMPLETELY SATISFIED, the contractor will invoice you for the remaining project total, and provide you all of the necessary paperwork for your warranties.