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SuperNet9
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[Carpentry] Cost to build new deck?

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I got a quote to build a new deck, they wanted $6000.00
I have attached the drawing of the new deck they want to build..

I think the price is way to much.. What do you think of the price?
How much do you think it should cost?
240SQ FT
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[Carpentry] Re: Cost to build new deck?

Take the cost of the materials, double it, and add 10-15%.

Hellrazor
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What products are they using? PT, cedar, composites?


SuperNet9
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said by Hellrazor:

What products are they using? PT, cedar, composites?

cedar
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good price if you ask me

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I'm also seeing ~8 support posts of unspecified size and their footings in the drawing you included. Are they also part of the $6k quote? If so, then that's a great deal.
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Are they using nails, screws or glue? Are they delivering a PDF of the picture, or the actual materials built per that spec? That's a great deal for cedar with nails/screws...


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$6,000 is a fucking bargain. You'd better jump on it before they wise up.
It's actually suspiciously low. I'd find out if they are insured and plan on getting permits.
I'd never build a deck out of cedar. Been there, done that. PT or composite.
The cedar is a haven for boring bees. They'll have the deck ruined in less than 10 years.
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said by nunya:

$6,000 is a fucking bargain. You'd better jump on it before they wise up.
It's actually suspiciously low. I'd find out if they are insured and plan on getting permits.
I'd never build a deck out of cedar. Been there, done that. PT or composite.
The cedar is a haven for boring bees. They'll have the deck ruined in less than 10 years.

your the first guy to mention that issue with cedar, i had read it was naturally resistant to bugs, i guess not bee's?

my barn is getting rapped by boring bee's


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My house has cedar siding with 2x4 cedar trim. They don't seem to bother the siding but seem to love the cedar around the garage door.

After I repainted, it has not been much of a problem.


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Re: [Carpentry] Cost to build new deck?

As others here have said, $6K is a Bargain for that, Provided that they will build it not only to those Specifications, but *TO CODE* as well (Meaning that they WILL pull all the necessary local permits, and submit their work to ALL the necessary Inspections)... If they Can't (or Won't) agree to that, then RUN (Don't Walk) Away...

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Re: [Carpentry] Re: Cost to build new deck?

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They go through cedar like a hot knife through butter.

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glad i went with PT


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Re: [Carpentry] Cost to build new deck?

$6000 seems very low. You might want to see what the lumber alone costs to get an overview on what's up. The giant lumber and hardware stores should be willing to quote the materials costs. Maybe knock 10 or 20% off that for a contractor's discount to get a ballpark of what the deal is. Hopefully the contractor is of the accountable type. Summer is peak "Travellers" season. »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Travellers

A few words about the bore bees - over the counter aerosols don't work on them. I had an independent pest pro puff some powder into their bores from a squeeze bottle, and after one application, they are all gone. I had at least 3 dozen bore holes treated for under $100. He was on site for less than an hour. I don't know what the magic powder is, but google probably could help there.

The 3 or 4 chain pest pros I contacted all wanted to turn it into a multi month / year project and subscription.


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Last year the number I got was $20 a square foot for a cedar deck in JUST materials. That puts materials at $4,800 or so for this deck. I'd estimate the deck to cost about $10,000 so $6,000 is a bargain.


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said by SuperNet9:

I got a quote to build a new deck, they wanted $6000.00

I think the price is way to much.. What do you think of the price?

What would it cost you to build it yourself ?


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You could use the free deck designer from lowes to get a full materials list, and then at least you will know how much of that $6k is going to materials.
»www.lowes.com/cd_Deck+Designer_733683095_
I agree with others that $6k is so low it almost sounds suspicious.

The bees seem to be a real problem for Cedar decks around here. No only do they destroy the lumber, but you also have a bunch of bees flying around your favorite backyard spot.

Cedar today isn't the same as it used to be, so a lot of what you read about it no longer applies. It is no longer harvested from old trees. The sapling stuff they use now is much softer and less resistant to insects, rot, etc.

Hellrazor
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That is a good price for cedar.

You can kill those bees with sevin bug control dust. Blow it in the hole...


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Re: [Carpentry] Re: Cost to build new deck?

said by SuperNet9:

said by Hellrazor:

What products are they using? PT, cedar, composites?

cedar

Not sure how cheap ceder is but that is a very low price. Is the quote for 100% ceder or are posts and other non visible supports going to be PT?


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Re: [Carpentry] Cost to build new deck?

said by Camelot One:

Cedar today isn't the same as it used to be, so a lot of what you read about it no longer applies. It is no longer harvested from old trees. The sapling stuff they use now is much softer and less resistant to insects, rot, etc.

True that. Today's clapboards will install ok, then an hour or three later they often split from the nail pressure.


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That's a screaming deal... I generally quote $35/sq ft for a cedar faced deck...

So at 240sq ft - I'd quote that at $8400 plus footings. 8 x 10" sonotubes, 48" deep - adds another $1600... That's a 10k deck, IMO.