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Question DetailsAsked on 7/25/2013

Approximately how much would a complete build on a 12 x 12 deck be, around 7 steps high.

I am interesting in estimating the cost of what it would take to build a new 12 x 12 foot deck on the back of my house. The height off the ground level is 7 or 8 steps.

Additional interest: Cost it would take to build a gate on the bottom of the steps.

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If you click on the Home > Project Cost Info and Home > Decks and Porches links below your question, you can review a number of questions with answers on this question, including commentary on different deck materials and their pros and cons, maintenance issues, etc.

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For a gate you are required to have a landing to stand on when opening/closing the gate, generally 3' clearance of the gate swing. That is much easier to incorporate on the deck itself as a small "captains walk" landing or extension of the deck width at the stairs, so it is usually put there. It also, with the addition of a child catch, protects children and pets on the deck that way, too.

To put it at the bottom, legally, you would have to build a railed enclosure around a landing (3-6 feet, depending on which way the gate opens - probably out, so 5 or 6 feet landing depending on your city code), with the gate in it. That would look funny and takes up yard space.

A simple gate built the same way as railing panel, just hinged, might cost you $0-50 more.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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