Consulting Services for Deck Design and Construction

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Consulting Services & Estimates

weston-leavens-face“I am a great listener! As you tell me your vision, I interpret what you want and blend it with the realistic possibilities of the site. My goal is a simple, elegant, aesthetically pleasing project that will last for generations.”

           — Weston Leavens

Local Areas – Free Consultation and Estimate:

Weston Leavens has designed and built hundreds of outdoor projects over the last 35 years. During your initial FREE CONSULTATION you will benefit from his expertise as together you design and discuss your project. Our home base is the Marin/Sonoma/Bay Area counties and are available nationwide!

Your consultation will include:


Legal Considerations

  • Meeting Code Requirements
  • Setbacks
  • Permits
  • Engineering
  • Zoning

Designing the project

  • Repair or replace existing structures
  • Client vision of project
  • Blending project with architecture of house and landscape
  • Layout suitable for proposed usage
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Materials choices

Site evaluation

  • Views – What to accent and what to hide
  • Access- Steps, stairs, walkways, doors
  • Privacy Issues
  • Foliage- Debris from overhanging trees
  • Trees – Deck may be built around trunks
  • Slopes- Hillside or flat terrain

Troubleshooting and problems solving of existing projects

  • Job abandoned by prior contractor or builder
  • Improve or clarify existing plans
  • Bring existing structures up to code
  • Failures of wood, composites or fastening systems

Non-Local Consultations

Weston Leavens has traveled throughout the United States consulting on deck issues. He is available for phone, email and onsite consultation.

Initial non-local consultation by phone or email is free.

Further non-local consultation fee is $125.00 per hour plus travel expenses if applicable.