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Old 04-24-2008, 07:04 PM   #1
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Deck installation

I have recently started getting quotes to install a new deck, 32' by 12'. So far, I have received three quotes - all in excess of $25,000. This is for pressure treated lumber. For a composite deck, which I would prefer to the low maintenance factor, is an additional $6,000 to $10,000 more. I can not justify $60 a square foot for a wood deck. While watching a HGTV program on the 10 top things to do to your room, an 8500 sq foot, 4 tiered deck was installed in California - the cost? $20,000.00. I realize prices have skyrocketed and everyone has to make a living. But aren't these quotes I have been receiving a little excessive? Any input would be appreciate....thanks.


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Old 04-26-2008, 09:39 PM   #2
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For starters, never believe anything you see on HGTV or anything similiar. While they may be entertaining or amusing to watch, they should not be taken as a serious source of information. Remember, these are the people who want everyone to believe that they can buy a falling down house, spend $40K, finish the project in thirty days, and sell it for a $90K profit.

As for the price of your deck, there are many factors that could make it cost more than you were expecting, such as: how labor intensive is it to secure it to your house? Does existing siding need to be removed to attach a ledger, new flashing, and reinstall/replace siding? What type of foundation is requiired to support the perimeter? Maybe just some bored holes filled with concrete, maybe spread footing, or possibly a continious chain wall. Are railings and stairs required? Is the builder using approved stainless steel or double galvanized hangers and fasteners (more than double the $) as needed for the newer chemicals, or the regular big box/local hardware store stuff.What grade of lumber is being used. It ranges from the cheap, sopping wet #2 pine found at the big boxes, to KDAT #1 from a quality lumber yard. And more.


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Old 04-27-2008, 01:49 PM   #3
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There is a common misconception in the remodeling industry - in terms of the home owner's viewpoint. That misconception is, that there are "blue-book" values to the costs of home projects...and that those values should be in the same cost "ball-park"., even in if they are in different homes, or diffrent parts of the country.
Unfortunately, this is very far from the truth. It's similar to the concept that architectual plans are fault-free, with no mistakes.

As Trouble Seeker Stated, there are many, many factors that can affect the cost of a project. Logistics can add 25% to 50% to the cost of a specific project's cost.

Scenerio # 1: The cost of building a 350 sf deck, at ground level, with clear accessability and level land can be..."one price".

Scenerio # 2: The cost to build a 350 sf multi-level deck on 2nd and 3rd floors with rocky soil, unlevel land, poor access to the area, more footings, going to cost double or more than scenerio #1's deck.

If three price quotes are all in the upper range of cost, then the reality usually is....that the specific project is going to cost ....more...
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:53 PM   #4
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