And there is always the option of doing it yourself! That is what I did, and the only help I had was from my mother! Yes, my mother! LOL...I found the plans online and then bought everything I needed at Lowes (such a great store)! Took about a week and then I had a great deck at the fraction of the cost of hiring a contractor. Not a solution for everyone, but it's definitely an option! Cause believe me...if I could do it, anyone can do it!