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Question DetailsAsked on 8/24/2013

cost to build wood deck

what's the cost to build a 322 s.q. foot patio out of pressure treated pine. labor and material, Total please

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Depends on whether you need in-ground foundations in your area or not, and whether it will be free-standing or connected to the house on one side, but basic numbers about $5-7/SF - so about $1600-2200 in your case assuming the area is ready to receive the deck with minimal dirt work or clearing. Plus permit costs - typically about $50-100, but can be way more in some areas - governments have started seeing home improvement projects as a source of revenue, and some now require Land Use, Zoning, Building, Inspection, etc fees of as much as $600 for a simple deck or porch !

Click on the Home > Decks and Porches link right below your question for more info on cost of different materials, foundation issues, and deck surface treatment.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


As LCD said, there are many other factors to consider including the whether it is free standing or attached to the house, the method in which it will be attached to the house, the required depth of the footings, how high it will be off the ground, and whether it will be done the right way being screwed together and not nailed. You can find people who will nail together a deck a lot cheaper becasue it is faster but it won't stay together, especially pine. Our permit fees have gotten a bit ridiculous here, sometimes the same or more than the cost of labor on small jobs. Approximately $7/s.f. is fairly typical for a deck on or near grade with no handrails or steps. I never bid anything by the square footage but that's generally where they land on price. The best way to find out what your deck will cost is to get a bid from a reputable contractor. Even if you don't build it this year you will at least know how much to save up and you'll have a head start in your contractor selection process when the time comes. Realize that prices change so save a little extra before calling him to do the job if it is more than a few weeks to a month in the future.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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