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Deck contractor

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by mdcrim, Jan 18, 2004.

  1. mdcrim

    mdcrim Member

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    Does anyone have any recommendations for a deck contractor. I am looking to double the size of an existing deck and wanted to start getting estimates. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.[8D]
  2. hberg

    hberg give me some of your tots

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    Loved using Northern Virginia Deck and patio.



  3. Pats_fan

    Pats_fan Former Resident

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    Thanks for the recommendation, speckhard. We are also looking for a deck contractor.

    We got an estimate from Home Depot/USA Decks - most of their decks cost about $5-6k and range from about 12x12 to 16x20). While their quality seems to be good, their prices seem a bit high.

    Are these prices reasonable? What have others experienced?
  4. hberg

    hberg give me some of your tots

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    Ours was made using Trex so our estimate was around $8,000-$9,000 I am not sure of deck size/

  5. Dan

    Dan Member

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    We used BILAW Custom Decks and Patios to build our deck. They build quality decks at a reasonable price. They are a family run company and do all the work themselves. In fact they built 5 decks in Overland Park in the past year and half. Their number is 888-648-9595.
  6. Dwarflord

    Dwarflord New Member

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    Build your own, that way you know it was built right. I built my own for about $1700 including tools.....:D . Took me 2 months working about 10hrs/ week.
    It is irregular in shape, but is about 450 sq. ft. Length is 26' and width ranges from 10-22' . Its solid as a rock....[:I] Didnt use Trex, I think it had just come out at the time.

    http://www.armstrongpage.com/house/house_files/p1/DCP_0286.html
    http://www.armstrongpage.com/house/house_files/p2/DCP_0300.html

    Estimates I had to have it built were around $10k. I took the $8700 I saved and bought new Dining Room, Living Room and baby furniture.

    Actually the hardest part was digging the holes and designing it to overcome structural challenges. Once the holes were dug, It took me about 20hrs to frame it, then another 20hrs to screw in the flooring. If I nailed the flooring, I could have been done in about 3-4hrs w/the floor.

    DwArFlOrD
  7. TigerFan

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    You should seriously consider Trex or another composite material. This summer I replaced my 3 year old deck myself with Trex and absolutely love it. We have a 5 and 3 year old that play on the deck a lot and with our old lumber deck they got a lot of splinters. For anyone with kids that are going to play on a deck, you must at least consider composite deckboards.
  8. SK8R

    SK8R On the Clover Meadow

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    Dwarflord, your deck looks really nice. Did you do the landscaping as well?
    stylin!
  9. Dwarflord

    Dwarflord New Member

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    I agree, trex would be a lot better for kids to play on. At the time we had none....so I never really considered it, also at the time it wasnt really worth the expense....ouch!
    But for other folks with kids, trex would be a better fit, if you can swallow the higher expense. That stuff ain't cheap.....:(

    SK8R...
    Yes I also do all my own landscaping. What you see there was installed last fall and I had just finished putting in the stone "landing" about a week prior to this picture. We put the stone there because we have 2 large female dogs that used to hit that spot all the time and in the winter they would kill off the grass and it would turn to mud. This helped to alleviate mud that was tracked into the house. The design was made up as I went along, had no idea what I was going to make out of it. Its funny because my wife hates it, but everyone else that sees it thinks its pretty sharp....go figure. She also hates any type of furniture design/style I like (but I think most marriages have that "feature" built in ....:D)
    Thanks much for the compliments!

    DwArFlOrD
  10. ricm

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    I used to build decks full time a few years ago (before I got into IT) and just built my own deck this past summer (Overland Park). You shouldn't be paying more than about $18/square foot for a regular pressure treated deck (depending on the extras you choose). I've heard/seen many people pay way too much for decks, but there's a lot of demand in this area and the deck builders know it. They usually book up early too, so if you don't decide in the early spring you could be waiting well into the summer before they actually start building.

    I still build decks part time and would be happy to give you an estimate and show you my portfolio. I could easily do a standard pressure treated deck, 12x12 (~150'/sq) for about $2500.

    Thanks,
    Ric
  11. loudoun_terp

    loudoun_terp New Member

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    hello,

    I had a contractor build a 14x11 trex deck with deckorator rails last month for $2700. He is reputable and construction quality is also good. He has also done many other similar decks in our new community. Please email me at tim_nguyen9@yahoo.com for more details.
  12. ricm

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    WOW!! That contractor is just about building it for free. If a reputable contractor is willing to build a composite deck with aluminum ballusters for that price, jump on it!! The materials alone would run you around that much. I suggest that people get multiple bids to get an idea of what the "going rate" is for the deck they want and be sure to check references and go see some of the builder's work. Also, prices are significantly less during the winter than they are during the spring and summer. Just keep in mind that if one person is selling a composite deck for $8k and another is selling the same deck for $3k, something's off. Just my 2 cents...

    Ric
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    My last post on this thread was a while back, but a few people contacted me for info regarding deck pricing. I finally put together a website with some pictures of previous work that I have done. Please take a look around the site and feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.

    www.rmera.com

    Ric
  14. SK8R

    SK8R On the Clover Meadow

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    wow, impressive.
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    kassiabi New Member

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    Dwarflord,
    would you like to build a deck for us???(kidding *^^*) your deck looks really nice,,
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    LOL! Thanks a lot. I actually did that in my spare time. I remember it well (summer of 2001). In all honesty, the hardest part was the design and digging the holes. Everything else went fast and easy.

    DwArFlOrD
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    we also built our own...you're right digging the holes was the hardest part, all the rocks in our yard we used in our landscaping because they were so big. Our deck is a two level deck and is aboiut 26 x 27. My husband and my dad built it for about $5000 to $8000. Trex wasn't really out when we were building either but we did sand every inch and stained it. (Not looking forward to doing that anytime soon).
  19. neilz

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    Just a reminder ... don't start to build any deck without getting approval from the Modifications Subcomittee. I would advise pulling out your copy of the Residential Design guidelines you received when you bought your house and review all guidelines, then get approval before you schedule the builder. And if you didn't get a copy, talk to your builder or real estate agent. It is a requirement that you get one when you buy a house here in Broadlands.



    Neil Z.
    Resident since 1999
  20. JenCo

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    Hey..do you have their contact information? Did they help you get & install the spiral staircase or did you have to do that yourself? Thanks!

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