Quite understandably, the primary roadblock to taking the grand leap into a deck build or upgrade relates to budget. In our experience however, the resistance is not the actual expense, so much as the uncertainty. Fear of sticker-shock, or of being laughed right out of the showroom by one’s cost and timeline expectations can deter even the most eager outdoor entertainer. The process is intimidating, so simply having a ballpark estimate of the financial and time investment relieves much of the initial anxiety.
In the interest of transparency, we have detailed below a couple of sample packages, and what your new leisure experience might run you.
“Better” Grade – Waunakee Deck: Budget $25,000 – $35,000
Timeline to Completion from Build Start Date: 1 to 2 weeks, depending on full scope of the project, building conditions, property specifics.
Lead Time for Materials: Factoring in COVID-19 supply chain delays, we can expect 2 to 7 weeks for decking and railing components.
TimberTech Vintage PVC
Main Color: Cyprus
Accent Color: Dark Hickory for border boards and fascia
Railing: Impression Rail Express, in Bronze
Lighting: Deck Riser Lights by In-Lite Design
Patio Concrete Selection: Stamped, in Solomon Sunbaked Clay, with Solomon Walnut border detail
“Best” Grade – Verona Deck: Budget $70,000-$100,000
Timeline to Completion from Build Start Date: 2 to 4 weeks, depending on full scope of the project, building conditions, and property specifics.
Lead Time for Materials: Factoring in COVID-19 supply chain delays, we can expect-
Pergola: 8 to 10 weeks
Decking and Railing: 2 to 7 weeks
Lighting: 1 to 2 weeks
Main Color: Weathered Teak
Accent Color: Dark Hickory
Railing: Keylink American Series, Horizontal Cable Railing
Pergola: by StruXure, in Bronze tone. Includes receptacle, light beam, and motorized louvers with both remote and WiFi control options.
Lighting: In-Lite Deck Lighting
Patio Concrete Selection: Solomon, in Bark
Under-Deck Storage/Dry Space:
DexTex Watershed System
Concrete Pad, with broom finish
T11 Walls, stained to coordinate
Black hardware for 4ft walk-in doorway
Ample space for landscaping equipment, kids’ toys, outdoor furnishings
Fire table gas line extension included, for $500 fee
From here you might have noticed there is no “Good” grade package detailed. Our thoughts on a bargain deck package are as follows:
Beware of any construction project that purports itself to be a “great deal.”
Experienced craftsmen and women understand the importance of quality construction and attention to detail in maintaining the safety of your family, the longevity of your outdoor space, and your overall satisfaction with your investment. After all, your peace of mind, and joy of ownership, is deserving of much more than “good.”