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Old 01-01-2006, 12:48 AM   #1
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we're first time homeowners... we bought a spec house with a small deck (approx 15 x 20). it looks like it was done as an afterthought - several boards are warping after 3 years thanks to the mighty south Texas heat. and, it is just a big ugly square.

i'm working out a deal with a local carpenter to remove the old deck and install a new one - I;m paying for materials and will build him a computer in exchange for labor.

i'd like the finished deck to be approx 600 sq ft with nothing too fancy - i don't need rails or steps. the backyard is fairly flat. we don't want it to be completely rectangular, either - maybe an octagonal cut on one corner just to add some character.

what would be an estimate on labor charge?

also, i'm thinking about installing some flush mounted deck lights - have him run the wire while building the deck. anyone have any ideas about the deck lights?

thanks alot,


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Old 01-01-2006, 09:01 AM   #2
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Your going to owe this Carpenter a big computer. A dual processor server might get close to his labor.


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Old 01-04-2006, 05:36 PM   #3
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I know I am a few days behind but I would do something like that for between $7-9 SQ FT ($4200-$5400) in redwood with no rails or steps. You put me up in your house I will come down there and do it for DeckTools software and a new laptop :D
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I'm in Canada, but I agree with Min. That would have to be one heck of a computer unless he's a really, really good friend. My CDN price for what you describe would be around $12,000 for PT and about $20,000 for cedar. That doesn't include demolition, material removal, railings, stairs or skirting. My prices have me supplying the materials.

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A deck that size is going to run you roughly $3000 in material alone, if you use treated lumber. I do this type of work on the side and my price would be much lower than a pro, but I'd probably charge you $2,500 - $3,000 labor.
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Old 06-25-2006, 04:49 PM   #6
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Complete pressure treated materials and labor at around $11,000.00
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Old 06-25-2006, 06:42 PM   #7
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Back in the day when I had a light construction company, the final cost was typically about a 50/50 slit between materials and labor when it came to deck construction. So I would agree with some of the other post here and say that chances are you would be looking in the $3000-$4000 range for labor


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