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Building or Upgrading a Deck?

How To Choose A Builder For Your Deck Build?

You’ve decided to build a deck

Good on you. A well-made deck can add space and style to your home. ‘Flow’ is what the Kiwi way of life is all about, and durable, stylish decks, can seamlessly connect the indoors and the outdoors.

Whether you’re planning on a new deck, or you want to update or repair an existing one, you need a good builder. Since a deck is where you will spend time entertaining and is often one of the first things people see when they come to your home, choosing a good deck builder is important. But it can be difficult. Getting it right takes a little more than just a quick internet search.

How to find the right builder for your deck

If you’re an Auckland homeowner looking to add a deck to your home, you’re probably wondering how to find the right builder for the job. With so many deck builders in Auckland to choose from, it can be tough to know where to start. How do you find the one that’s right for you? What do you need?

  • An experienced builder who can handle the project quickly, efficiently and build a deck that is up to par with their expectations.
  • A builder who is well-versed in all the New Zealand building codes and requirements for a safe and legal deck.
  • A local, well-known builder with references, and photos of past projects,
  • A builder who can give you a detailed estimate before you move forward.
wooden deck in north auckland by DBS

Why hire a deck builder?

Building with proven, experienced professionals makes all the difference. Building a deck properly takes planning, skill and care, and that is only compounded as the building conditions get trickier. Hiring a professional deck builder can make all the difference.

What to expect during the deck building process?

We’ve put together a list of what you can expect from a reputable builder during the deck building process.

  • The deck builder will come to your home to take measurements and discuss your project in detail.
  • They’ll create a detailed design proposal based on your specifications.
  • After you’ve approved the design, the deck builder will begin building your deck.
  • They’ll work diligently to complete your deck as quickly as possible while still ensuring high-quality craftsmanship.
  • Once the deck is finished, they’ll walk you through how to care for and maintain it, so it lasts for years to come.

Finding the deck builder for your place

Now that you know what to expect from the deck building process, there are a few things Auckland homeowners can do to increase their chances of finding the perfect Auckland builder for your deck build.

Do your research

Seek out a builder who specialises in decks to ensure yours will be in especially good hands. Then, ask around for recommendations. Nothing beats a personal recommendation when it comes to finding a good tradesperson.

Get suggestions

Talk to your friends, family, and neighbours who have had decks built recently to see if they can suggest any builders. Once you’ve compiled a list of potential builders, do your online research. Check out their websites and read online reviews to get a sense of their workmanship and customer service. Check if there are any examples of previous work you can see, both online and ‘in real time’.

Interview potential builders

Schedule consultations with each of the builders on your list. This will give you a chance to meet them in person and get a feel for their personality and professionalism. Ask them about their experience, their approach to deck building, and what type of materials they would use. Work out how much you’re willing to spend, then discuss your ideas and budget with a builder.

Get estimate from several builders

This will give you a good sense of what different builders charge for their services. Make sure you give each builder the same information so you can compare their estimate fairly. It’s also important to make sure you know what the estimate include so you can compare apples with apples. From the cost of materials to labour costs and any other associated fees, ask what is included in your quote. Are any other associated costs, such as council consent costs, you need to be aware of. When discussing your project with potential builders, be clear about what is and isn’t included in their quote in order to avoid any misunderstandings further down the line.

Interview potential builders

Ask about their experience, warranty policies, and payment terms. Ask when they can you start working on your deck and how long will the project take.

Choose the builder that’s right for you

Trust your gut instinct. After meeting with the builders and getting a sense of their work, if you feel one particular builder is a good fit for you, go with them!

Taking the time to find a reliable deck builder you’re comfortable with will pay off in the long run. You’ll be confident that your deck will be built to a high standard and that the job will be completed on time and on budget.

Follow our tips and increase your chances of finding the perfect Auckland builder to create your dream deck. So, what are you waiting for?

Call DBS Residential today. We are experienced professionals who can help plan, build, and care for their new deck.

Or Call 021 550 142


No matter how big or small your deck is, or whether your renovating, repairing or building new, at DBS Residential they take each job personally. No two building projects are the same, and your place is special. Our team is known for savvy, well-crafted beautiful decks. If you’re thinking about developing the great outdoors in Auckland anywhere from Ponsonby to Matakana, contact Dan on 021 550 142 to discuss your decking ideas.