We are located in Mississauga and are in the process of planning to build (DIY Project) a deck in our backyard and we have a few questions that we're really hoping to have answered before we proceed. Here they are:
1. The deck will be built over two basement windows. Are the any skylight type products or construction designs specific to decks that we can use to prevent blocking the light to the basement windows?
2. The deck size will be roughly 16 x 20 feet. Do we need a permit to build this deck? If so, what do we need to bring into the city and how long will it take and how much will it cost?
3. What is the best, longest lasting material for building the deck that doesn't cost a fortune?
Thanks to anyone that is willing to take the time to address our questions.