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Old 05-01-2008, 05:05 PM
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Does anyone know how to price out decks. I have a few deck estimates out there and just want to know if i am on or not.
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Hi Pat,

Could you tell us as much detail as possible what you are working on?
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building a deck 16' x 16'
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Good question. I have never built a deck before, but I would imagine you could figure what your costs are going to be, and I think it would take me a couple days to do, so I would charge costs, plus about $1000. Cost of wood is way up right now, so it's going to be pricey.
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At $24/ sq.ft. plus $400 for plans & permit the deck costs $6544.00

That includes all pressure treated wood and railings to code. With stairs the cost goes to $31/sq.ft.
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WOW That is great insight! Pat I hope that really helps you out!

Eric, What is your view on building decks? Do you feel it is a good add on to a lawn care or landscaping business?
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I've never built a deck either...would like to learn though.

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Quote[/b] ]At $24/ sq.ft. plus $400 for plans & permit the deck costs $6544.00
Eric, what permits are required? *Building permit, I'm sure. *What others? *

He's probably going to use pressure treated wood. *Are there EPA permits or regulations he needs to follow. *I read about a married couple building their own deck a few years ago and they both got sick from the chemicals in the wood. *Are respirators needed when sawing and working around this wood for an extended period?

Will he need a contractor's license for a project this scale?

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Building permit depends on your state and locality laws. Contractors permit would be required before applying for a building permit. It's possible the homeowner can get the permit without a contractors permit. You'll also need to verify your liability insurance will cover this kind of work. If you're not a carpenter, you shouldn't even be involved with decks. Theres alot more to it than meets the eye.

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Oh My Gosh! Those have got to be the most beautiful deck pictures I have ever seen! What an amazing finish on the wood!

Can you tell us a little about that deck? How long it took to build? Did you design it as well as build it?

How did you ever learn how to do that?
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