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Old 04-01-2012, 12:36 AM
 
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I' have a small yard that I can build a 22x11 deck, it has to be 4 feet above the ground because that's how high my backdoor is. I'm reading through the snohomish county permitting and looks like it's going to be a pain in the ass and costly to get it built.

Is it really worth it to build a deck, in my situation? I'd hire someone to build a composite deck. Or i can build a press concrete patio that is level with the group.

How much is labor+materials for a composite deck vs pressed concrete patio?
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:29 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Is it really worth it to build a deck, in my situation?
Only you know the answer to that!
Will you use it and enjoy it?
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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These numbers are by no means set in stone- and can vary from one part of the country to another.
If you did concrete, figure something like $100c/y plus labor ( somewhere around $2.50-3.00s/f).

A deck on the other hand will run about $25-30s/f.
And there is a way to skirt the permit issue. According to the Snohomish County website, if it is 30" or less in height no permit is required. And if it is 30" or less in height it doesn't require any handrail/balusters. Which could knockdown the sq/ft price to around $20.
You can make up the difference to the door with steps.

Anyway you look at it, the concrete will be cheaper. As in installation, maintenance, and longevity.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: The Triad
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...it has to be 4 feet above the ground because that's how high my backdoor is.
or... a small portion can be that height (think "landing")
and another portion can be LOWER than this (think "stairs")

Cantilever the "back porch" off the house...
along with a couple of posts which in turn can help to support the lower section.

As to price... start with a materials list. Go from there.
Whatever you come up with add 75-200% to that.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Personally I would not put a deck more then one step (6-8in) off the ground unless it had railings around it, but that is just me.

I would prefer the deck level with the house entry door for easy back and forth use. I would also put a set of stairs off the deck to the backyard. Also at 4ft off the ground, I believe it is an easy enough DIY project.

My last deck (3ft off the ground) did not anchor to the house. One edge (house door to deck) was only 1/4inch away from the house. It was built that way due to some local building code rules. Was also easier to do then to attach the header to the brick house facade.

Hope this helps.

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