Hey Everyone, this is my first post on here, so I appreciate your patience, if I sound like a rookie, I am
I live in Northern California, and I just recently bought my first house in February, and since then have been rapidly getting closer and closer to becoming handy, whereas before the house I had never even touched a power tool, haha.
So anyway, we are looking to build a second story deck off of our master bedroom, which currently is just a big 5 foot wide window, which we want to convert into either french doors or a sliding door (i am thinking sliding just to save space, our master bedroom isn't HUGE). The height would be about 9 feet up (first floor has 8 foot ceilings), and we want to make it a decent size, but not huge, something like 6 ft out and 10 feet wide roughly? We were also wondering if it would be stupid/wise to have stairs going down to the backyard, or just leave it as only accessible from our bedroom? I just assumed it would only be accessible from the bedroom and not have stairs down, but a LOT of 2nd floor decks I looked at had stairs, and was curious if that's a common thing or what.
My wife's uncle and grandpa are extremely handy, one is a retired contractor and another has his own handyman service, and have already offered to help us out, but they are not from the area and offered to come up and help us next time they were up visiting (sometime in the spring of this coming year, when it's nice out again)
So obviously they will know what they are doing, but what I am looking for here is a rough idea of how this will go, so I don't sound totally clueless when they come up to help, and a rough idea of what I need/costs. Obviously the costs will vary greatly, but I just want to make sure I know everything I need to buy, or a rough idea of the things I need to buy.
Sorry for the long winded post, and thanks!