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post #1 of 26 Old 03-02-2008, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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My First deck prodject

I know its not fine woodworking, but I've never made a deck before.
I bought my house early last year and the decks were almost falling down. I had several deck companies give me quotes.
Holy Cow! Im in the wrong business.
They Bid on 850 sq. ft. just to replace a simple design deck. $25,000
OMG! are they insane? LOL

So i broke out my trusty pencil and tape to do my own bid.
And after increasing the size to 1175sq.ft. the materials came to
just over $5000.

So i hitched up my pants and went to work. I got a late start so winter
put a stop to the work. But i hope to have it finished by my B-day in June

So far i have the entry deck done. 208sq. ft. down... lots to go






Why is it I can never find my pencil?
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sharp looking deck Woody
i'm hoping to add a deck this summer if the wife will let me. i want to cover up a cracking, nasty old concrete pad patio.
you'll have to post a self portrait of yourself enjoying a nice cold beverage on your deck once you get it completed this summer
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very nice work...I like the layout
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Thanks.
The planters i made for my wife out of the scrap from the deck.
there is also a milk box holder that matches but i cant find the pic.
ill post more when i get more done on the deck.

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That looks like fine woodworking to me! Nice job

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Really Great Congratulations
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I'd have to say that's a fantastic looking deck, well done. I like the center piece to
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Very nice work Woody
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Very nice work!...now lets talk about those scary eyes your pup has there...

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whats scary about baby blue eyes?

Besides, he's an old man with almost no teeth left.
he will be 15 in about 4 months

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very nice job. the design is well done. i like the look of the planter on the deck as well. great job.
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Its finally done! I actually finished it in September, I just haven't had the time to post lately.
I went a little over my projected cost but came no where near the original bid.
We had a hard scaper come in and put the paver patio and retaining wall in just before i finished the last section on the lower deck.
Even with farming out the patio, I still came in under the original bid of 25k and with the added footage of the patio im at 2025sf. of outdoor living space.
"Not too shabby for a grumpy old cabinet maker." was the thanks i got from the wife. I know she likes it because the honey do list now includes an arbor and patio set to match.
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I went a little over my projected cost but came no where near the original bid.
Great job on the deck, but I was a little disapointed with your statement above. You as a cabinet maker especially should know that no one is going to do that kind of work for free. Did you add your hours up and figure that in too ? Judgeing by the quality of work you have done, and the date of your original post, I'd say you put in a very considerable amount of time into it. Would you have really done it for anyless for anyone else ?

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Ok, so i didnt add in my labor. At least i feel like it was a deal.
And with the years of enjoyment we will get out of it. its worth every ache and pain.

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Usually in those kind of projects that I do for myself the biggest advantage of doing it myself was I knew it got done right, exactly the way I wanted it. Thats the big reward right there, the rest is just iceing on the cake.

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Really nice work. I like the way you varied the flooring layout. Adds a lot of character.

For what it's worth, $25,000 isn't a bad bid on the work. But, I'd never pay someone to do what I can do my own bad self.
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Boy if that's not fine woodworking I am not sure what is... 'cause that looks mighty fine to me! The land around it is kind of funny though. How do you walk on that when it's not flat? (Yeah I'm seriously jealous!)

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wwoody, again, nice job, but I'm glad others felt the same way as far as your outrage over the deck builders cost. Now that I've seen the complete view of the space, a tear down and replacement of that sqft would have run you almost double in some places.

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Great job Woody,
Beautiful backyard. I too would have to agree, at first 25k sounded like a lot till I saw your finish pics. That's a lot of work to get it to come out that nice. When you do something for yourself, the cost to me isn't that important. I mean I do still have a budget I want to stay in, but I like the satisfaction of a job well done and I know I probably couldn't afford to hire someone to do the same job. Now what was that silly comment about a 'milk box'. Didn't see anything about a beer holder or margarita mixer anywhere in the posts......
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Fantastic work, to say the least, love all the designs you Incorporated into this project. Well done
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