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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 Austin carpenters
Nancy B.
Tomas did a great job screening in porch.
Krista P.
Tim was very easy to work with. He is a man of his word. Great at communicating his plans. I’m very pleased with my porch remodel. The cedar posts look great! I would hire him again.
T J Construction ServicesT J Construction Services
Eric S.
Hector was a great help in putting up our porch swing. He figured out what our options were and was quick complete the option that made the most sense. I would recommend him for this sort of project.
Hector Del RioHector Del Rio
Joseph M.
Joe and the team did a great job on our porch build. The price was fair and they continued to work with us throughout the end of the project to ensure we are getting an end result we were happy with. We would certainly hire them again.
Drywall  Specialties / Construction SpecialtiesDrywall Specialties / Construction Specialties
Stephanie G.
How and his crew came and knocked out a screened in porch for me that matched my house and went WELL beyond my expectations. Any days he wasn’t able to make it (painting when it was supposed to rain) he promptly let me know and was there the first dry day. I plan on hiring Joe for future projects.
Drywall  Specialties / Construction SpecialtiesDrywall Specialties / Construction Specialties
Kenneth B.
Great all around experience. Easy to work with, made sure everything that we wanted was completed to our satisfaction, and gave us great recommendations based on their experience. The final projects (back screened porch and small front deck) turned out great, even better than we initially hoped for. Would absolutely recommend and use again
Bjugan & SonsBjugan & Sons
William D.
I can't rave enough about the work Nick, Steve and Ethan did for us in screening in our porch. It has now completed what was missing from our house and I couldn't be happier. Their attention to detail is something you rarely see these days. Not only was the work they did outstanding, but they are the most genuine guys who care about their customers. They have a life long customer in me. These guys deserve your work, you won't regret it.
Matterhorn Development CoMatterhorn Development Co
Stacy M.
Bud was amazing. I decided a week before my daughter's first birthday I wanted a deck built to expand our existing porch. I talked with a few different contractors and we decided to go with bud and I do not regret it. He is very honest and hard-working. He and his coworker were outside by 7 a.m. every morning to ensure that my deck was complete in time for her birthday party. He takes great care of his clients, even sending back some of the cedar purchased and exchanging it to make sure that we only had the best (no cracks or scaring). I highly recommend bud and will use him for any future projects.
The (Best) Handyman 30yrs.The (Best) Handyman 30yrs.
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