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Question DetailsAsked on 7/10/2016

How much should labor cost for 2 people to build a 12 by 12 deck and a 8 by 8 deck in california

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For simple on-grade (deck sitting on pavers or concrete blocks) decks of those sizes without piers, with materials pre-delivered to site and pre-finished, this could be a two-man one-day job but msot would probably estimate two - which would be about $1000-2000 labor depending on local labor costs, though most contractors would likely take more like 2 days to get it done. For a deck with in-ground concrete piers, high supporting posts with cross-bracing, full safety railings and stairs, using raw lumber needing in-place finishing - could be a full week work for more like $2500-5000 labor charge.

Very, very roughly decks run about $15-30/SF with wood construction and decking and about double that or more for Trex or similar materials. On a wood deck VERY ROUGHLY half the cost is labor - so about $8-15/SF. Labor on plastic/composite decking job maybe about 10% more than that because it takes longer to do the cuts without smoking the blade, so materials ends up being more like 65-85% of the total cost. So - for your case, at $8-15/SF labor about $1600-3200 labor by that rough rule of thumb - more than the first number because that assumed pre-finished material so eliminates a half dozen or so manhours in spraying the deck with finish.

NOTE these are ROUGH numbers - you can find a lot more previous questions on decks inclluding info on materials, finishes, cost, etc in the Home > Decks and Porches link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

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