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"Installing a deck may be the most cost-efficient way to add square footage to your house, and of all the outdoor home improvements except painting, it may be the most reliable value. Decks average $6,304 and generally recoup 104% of their value. That may not sound terribly impressive, but other touted outdoor improvements fare much worse."
   June 2004


"There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey." -John Ruskin



For the purposes of clarifying any "Deal" or coupon:
A "Deck" or "New Deck Installation" is defined by anything that is over 200 sf. and includes stairs and railing. Anything less may be defined as a Porch, Platform, Stoop or landing. Furthermore, sf. rates are higher for smaller items to cover set up costs; standard volume discounts on sf. rates apply to larger structures on top of any "Deals" or coupons.




Design Information

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One of the most important parts of any construction project is Design and planning. This is just one more area where Custom Deckworks has set the bar high in Arkansas.

For more on what you should consider when designing your deck, please visit for important design and layout information.

For starters, every plan is hand drawn on graph paper. Each plan is an ariel view, showing the area of the residence where the deck will be built including any important doors or windows, the proposed deck size and shape including floor direction, stairs and any optional accessories, and any trees or other existing structures that may help show how the deck relates to the property. The handrail and edges of most accessories are shaded to give contrast to the rest of the drawing.

The squares created by the graph paper show the scale of the deck. Usually, each square equals one square foot but for fairly large decks, each square may equal two or more square feet. Whatever the scale, it is always noted at the top of the plan for easy reference. We do the plans in this manner as opposed to blueprints with dimension lines, as an architect would draw, to keep the drawing uncluttered and easier for our customers to understand.

Deck Plan For A Single Level Deck
Deck Plan For A Single Level Deck

This is a one level deck. Not much to it. Because it's hand drawn, we usually only draw the entire floor in if it's absolutely necessary to properly show step downs or transitions.

Deck Plan For A Multi-Level Deck
Deck Plan For A Multi-Level Deck

This plan has three levels on a lot that slopes left to right. You can also tell how high a deck is off the ground with a quick examination of our plans. One can assume that the left side of this main deck is either flush with the ground or about 7 inches off the ground (steps are an average of 7 inches each) since there is no handrail there. On the right you can count the steps and decide that this edge of the deck is approximately 4-1/2 feet high. The line at the top with arrows at each end signifies the exterior wall of the house.

It is very rare for a homeowner to see one of our custom plans and not understand it. They are familiar with their home and yard and they become familiar with our accessories through pictures or by seeing our work in person. After drawing a plan like this, the vision of the project becomes perfectly clear to each homeowner.

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Update: 2012

Arkansas Code § 17-25-501 thru 17-25-515. Act 1208 of 2011 Summary:

ANYONE performing work at a Residence, when the project is $2,000 or more, labor & material,

IS required to have a license from the Contractors Licensing Board

starting January 1, 2012!


In most cases this does not apply to the Homeowners doing work themselves.

But if you hire someone to build your deck that does NOT have a license,

you may be breaking the law and will have very limited recourse in the event of a dispute.

If they don't have a REAL license, DON'T HIRE THEM!




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