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Should I wait till spring to plan my deck or porch project?

We often field this question in autumn. It’s true that we are at the tail-end of ‘outdoor living’ season, but it is never too early to plan your new deck or porch.

Archadeck of Kansas City owner, Dan Hall, says, “Smart people plan ahead.” Being prepared for your new outdoor living project is of the utmost importance, especially when that project will be a custom design. Even if your deck or porch will be small in size, there are a few great reasons that you should not wait until spring to plan your project.

Should I wait till spring to plan my deck or porch project?Olathe KS composite deck by Archadeck of Kansas City

Design-build decks and porches take time.

Archadeck of Kansas City is not simply a porch or deck installation company. We take care of everything required to add a new outdoor living space onto your home. If you are planning an outdoor celebration on your new porch or deck next spring, it is imperative that you get in touch with us now. Many graduation parties are had outdoors in late springtime, and while it might only take a few weeks to build your screened porch or composite deck, time must be spent up-front to even get your project off the ground. This includes finalizing your custom design, choosing and ordering your building and finish materials, obtaining blueprints, and filing for building permits. Depending on where you live, your blueprints might require an architect’s stamp. All these things take time, and any part of this process might be held up for reasons beyond our control. Planning now will allow a cushion for unforeseen delays, even if you do not plan to build now.

Should I wait till spring to plan my deck or porch project?Leawood KS screened in porch design by Archadeck of Kansas City

Things to consider with building materials now versus later.

Since early 2020, we have experienced longer wait times and product shortages in every industry, for every need at home and at work. Allowing additional time for ordering products is necessary these days. Add to that, pandemic-era shortages caused huge increases in building materials prices. We have also seen massive hurricane damage in the Northeast and Gulf Coast, which also affects material costs. When the new year arrives, so too will annual price increases. Planning now could help you save money on your project in the end – you can expect prices in springtime 2022 to be more than they are now.

Should I wait till spring to plan my deck or porch project?Parkville MO composite deck by Archadeck of Kansas City

There are benefits to building your porch or deck in the winter.

Sure, you can plan your project now, and schedule to build in the spring, but there are benefits for building in the winter too. First, is that our building schedule is lighter in the winter than in springtime. You could be pushed pretty far back in a springtime building queue, depending on when you sign your contract. Building in the winter will ensure that you can use your outdoor living space at the first sign of warm weather. Secondly, building in the winter can mean much less mess and decreased potential damage to your yard. Since the ground is harder in the winter, your lawn will not be subject to the same potential for damage as it would be in wet, muddy springtime conditions.

Should I wait till spring to plan my deck or porch project?Lee’s Summit MO covered deck by Archadeck of Kansas City

Also read: Is it better to hire a deck builder than build my own deck?

Are you ready to discuss your 2022 porch, deck, or sunroom design? Get in touch with our award-winning Design Consultants for a custom consultation by calling 913-851-3325 or emailing