building a roof deck

marmkid's picture

I have a typical 2 story house, the kind you usually see in Fishtown. In the backyard, we have a small laundry room built off the first floor. It is perfect for a roof deck on top of it, that can possibly be accessed from the 2nd floor if we replace a window with a door.
Has anyone done anything like this?
I imagine i will have to get approval from a neighborhood board, or something like that.
And for anyone that has done this, can you give me a rough ballpark about how much it will cost? there is nothing fancy about anything i want to do, not bad.
i have never worked with any contractors locally, so i dont know what prices are like.
any suggestions or thoughts on the price or good local contractors?

kdubs215's picture

You dont have to go to

You dont have to go to anyone else but L & I for the permit.no need to go to the fishtown neighborhood assc for any approval

stock's picture

You only need to go to L&I

You only need to go to L&I for the permit.

As far as cost... That could vary. Taking out the window and putting in a door, what kind of door, old new, sliding etc... Decks, I've done plain cedar to teak with built in BBQs and such.

Chris Stock
610.909.6530
chris @ thestockgroup.net
www.thestockgroup.net
Green Roofs
Eco Painting
Solid Red Cedar Shutters

marmkid's picture

thanks, that helps a

thanks, that helps a lot

Chris -

does your company do small jobs such as this?
I see you do green roofs, but i'm not able to do something like that here.
If you dont, do you know of any local contractors that you would recommend?
I'm trying to see if I can find anyone that someone recommends, rather than just picking someone from the phone book
thanks again

Michael Marmion

EuroGirl's picture

Hi I just was wondering if

Hi I just was wondering if you found a contractor yet, if not I work with a local contractor Preston General Contracting Inc. Phone number:215-413-2688, email:prestongcinc@verizon.net. We are licensed with the city and also members of the BBB, NARI and PDCA. If your still looking gives us a call.

Andres's picture

before you go to L&I make

before you go to L&I make sure you have three detailed sets of sketches of your project on paper and front ,left ,right pictures of where the deck will be build. If you don't they wont issue a permit. There's more than just going up to the L&I counter now a days they want to make sure that if your building over an existing structure that it was build with the proper permits and if not to them its considered an illegal structure. If you have any question please call me 215-413-2688.

dan's picture

I can highly recommend

I can highly recommend Preston General Contracting.
They did some emergency structural repair work on our church.
They were great to work with, did high-quality work, and worked well to meet our special situation.

(I am told Chris does good work also. He has been a very positive guy around here, but I have not personally had the opportunity to work with him.)

--
"The only conclusion I can come to is that you're not working for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." - Judge Solomon, referring to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

stock's picture

Mamrkid, I don't do roof

Mamrkid, I don't do roof top decks, just grade level decks, don't have the equipment for roof top. I see Andres just responded, he is a good contractor for some of the bigger stuff, also knows his way around L&I.

Chris Stock
610.909.6530
chris @ thestockgroup.net
www.thestockgroup.net
Green Roofs
Eco Painting
Solid Red Cedar Shutters

marmkid's picture

hi everyone thanks for the

hi everyone
thanks for the great advice given a while back

due to financial situation, this has been on hold for a while but i think will start up this spring

to anyone who has submitted something to L&L; what is the turnaround time with that? Can i expect to hear something back from them or get a permit in like a month or so? sooner maybe if i pay the expedited fee?

kdubs215's picture

NO YOU DO NOT NEEED ANYONE

NO YOU DO NOT NEEED ANYONE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD TO SAY ANYTHING ....we are not a gated community .... i know some peope think we are .... A permit and a good contractor is all you need . GO spend your day with the lovely people at L & I and you might rethink your deck ?? LOL

marmkid's picture

kdubs215 wrote:NO YOU DO NOT

kdubs215 wrote:

NO YOU DO NOT NEEED ANYONE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD TO SAY ANYTHING ....we are not a gated community .... i know some peope think we are .... A permit and a good contractor is all you need . GO spend your day with the lovely people at L & I and you might rethink your deck ?? LOL

haha
yes, i am an architect and have spent many lovely days at L&I for work
It seems that if you are doing if for a larger project (like i have been there for work with) or a small thing, it seems to alway take a day of sitting there to get things submitted

its not so much the L&I stuff that has stopped us from our roof deck, its mainly the prices we are being quoted
$5000 for an 8x10 roof deck and door installation is a bit much
I was watching something on HGTV or one of those channels, showing what your house is worth type of thing, and these people in a Philly loft in an old warehouse had a huge roof deck probably 15x40 all decked out and it cost $5000
granted that was probably like 5-10 years ago they did it
but still
ah well
what can you do