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Building A Deck – DIY vs Hiring a Contractor


With the glorious, warm sunshine that will be coming this May, eating lunch or dinner out on your deck, or sharing cocktails with friends, will be the highlight of your day! If you don’t currently have a deck, but have been thinking about adding one on, here is some helpful information on pros and cons of building DIY (do-it-yourself) or hiring a contractor.

Hiring A Contractor

Pros Cons
Licensed Paying for Labor
Time Efficient  
Experienced – Less Error  
Less Stressful  


DIY (do-it-yourself)


Pros Cons
More Affordable More Time
Fun Project More Opportunity for Error
Gain Experience Stressful


Cost Estimates – 8’ X 10’ Deck

Using Contractor: $750 – $975

DIY: $425 – $580

Using Contractor: Average $31 per square foot – $2,480

DIY: Average $15 per square foot – $1,240

DIY with their free plans: $1,000-$3,000


If you have decided to Do It Yourself, we applaud your ambition and are excited for such a fun experience for you! Here is a helpful, short tutorial giving an overview of how to build your deck!

Craig Heffernan,


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