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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much is a porch?

It costs about $5,000-$10,000 to build a small, basic porch, according to HGTV. Prefabricated porches typically cost around $10,000-$30,000. Larger, custom-made porches can cost as much as $50,000. 

To find out exactly how much your porch will cost, request a cost estimate from a porch builder near you.

What is a sleeping porch?

A sleeping porch is a screened balcony or deck that contains sleep furnishings and cool breezes. If you live in a region that experiences warm weather at night, these porches can provide a way to escape the heat and get a good night’s sleep. 

Does a porch need foundations?

Yes, your porch should have a foundation that adheres to your local building codes. You can often find this information online. You can also consult your porch builder and ask for their help when navigating building codes.

How much does it cost to build a deck?

The cost of building a new deck or porch is $1,500. However, this price can vary depending on a few different factors. The square footage of the space, the type of materials to be used, the intricacy of the project and your specific region can cause the price to fluctuate. To find out how much your new deck will cost, get free estimates from the best deck contractors near you.

For more information, read “How much does it cost to build a deck or porch?

Does a deck increase home value?

A back deck may (or may not) increase your home’s value or attract potential buyers if you’re looking to sell. According to the Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features, a new wood deck with an estimated construction cost of $10,000 recovered $8,000 for the overall recovery of 80%. Still, 9% of realtors suggested that home sellers should add a new wood deck before putting their home on the market, and 4% said this project has helped closed deals. 

The impact of adding a new deck will likely depend on its material (wood, composite, etc.) and where you live. For example, if you live in an area where people rarely spend time outside because of the weather, it’s reasonable to predict that prospective home buyers might not rate a deck highly on their list of must-haves when looking for a new home.  

When in doubt, consult with your realtor or a real estate expert to figure out if adding a new deck to your home is the right move to increase your home’s value. If it is, contact the best deck contractors near you to get free estimates and start planning your project.  

Who is a carpenter and what do they do?

Carpenters are skilled craftsmen who build things out of wood. Depending on what the carpenter builds, they may be referred to by various names. A framer is a carpenter who puts up the framing on a house. A trim or finish carpenter installs the finishing touches of prefabricated or custom trim and detail work once a house has been built and the walls are up. A furniture maker or woodworker builds furniture — such as tables, beds and dressers — out of wood. A cabinetmaker is a carpenter who builds custom and semi-custom wood cabinets. If you’re having a home built or remodeled, your general contractor will either provide or subcontract the carpentry work for the framing, cabinets and trim. You can hire a carpenter directly to update the trim in your home, build you a piece of custom furniture, or repair or replace your wood cabinets.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

What should I ask a deck contractor?

One of the first questions you should ask is whether the contractor has the proper license or insurance. To be a licensed contractor in many states, they must have the experience and knowledge to pass the requirements from your state’s licensing board. 

You should also inquire if they have done work related to your specific project. Just because they’re a contractor, that doesn’t mean they’ve built a deck or an addition like yours. Ask for photographs of decks they've built in the past, and go online to read reviews from past clients.

You also need to ask for a free estimate from several contractors so you know how much the project will cost you (and so you can pay the best price).

Get started today by contacting the best deck contractors near you

Reviews for Minneapolis carpenters
Benjamin S.
Larry did a great job rebuilding our wooden porch. He took down the rotting wood porch, patched some holes in the foundation and rebuilt the entire porch and steps
Lawrence AllarLawrence Allar
Gwen L.
Loved the timeliness, responsiveness and the workmanship. We got our deck, porch, roof, and siding redone with Paul and he was nothing but wonderful.
Rodriguez Construction LLCRodriguez Construction LLC
Michelle M.
Everyone was friendly and helpful. The work done was amazing and very reasonably priced! They got done quicker than quoted and cleaned up when they were done...you couldn’t tell they’d been working there earlier that day! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for new porch!
Whittlin llcWhittlin llc
Luke S.
We hired Mark to replace a 2nd story ~ 15’ x 10’ deck/balcony. At our initial meeting, Mark viewed the balcony, measured and then immediately began to make suggestions based on our thoughts about materials, design, etc. Within a few short minutes, Mark gave a ballpark estimate of the cost of the project, which was both very competitively priced and within a couple $100 when he returned within a day or two with a written proposal. We immediately executed the contract, Mark provided an estimated delivery date for the materials and a start date for the tear-down of our old balcony. Both dates were spot-on. After the tear-down, Mark did a thorough removal of all debris, as promised. Upon delivery of the decking material, (before installation) Mark pointed-out some flaws (weathering, scratches) in some of the decking. He immediately contacted the supplier and had all new decking delivered. Mark and his crew did some hard and hot construction in the dog days of August. The project was completed within the timeframe Mark had estimated. When Mark told us that he or a crew member would be at our home, he/they were there or Mark contacted us with a “Sorry, but...”, which we appreciated. Mark was readily available by text message, often within minutes, never beyond half-a-day. Mark went above-and-beyond to make sure that a water-leak issue with the old balcony (into our 1st Floor 3-Season porch) would not reoccur after his deck installation. Our bottom line: Mark’s work product, price, communication, etc. led us to immediately hire him to replace our lower/ground-level 15’x15’ deck with the same composite decking, a project we foresaw needing in a year or two (and Yes, our experience with Mark on the tear-down and construction of Deck #2 mirrored Deck #1). Add to that, it’s our intent to hire Mark to build a Pergola for our lower deck in Spring 2020. We would recommend Mark for similar construction projects without reservation. Luke S. and Liz R.
WVM. Construction  LLCWVM. Construction LLC
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