Decks are less expensive than most other home additions. And because decks are so popular, they also make homes more marketable and valuable. Here's a look at what they cost.
For basic designs using the least expensive lumber, you can expect to pay from about $6 to $8 per square foot of deck area. Even if you choose top-of-the-line redwood lumber or want a hot tub, material costs are still reasonable, anywhere from $20 to $35 per square foot.
When you consider that hiring out the job will perhaps double or likely triple your costs, a do-it-yourself deck looks attractive. In fact, the economy of a do-it-yourself deck might buy you a larger design or higher-quality materials. These examples show you the DIY vs. contractor price for a variety of deck sizes and styles:
Actual prices in your area may vary. Any extra features, such as shade structures, built-in benches, or planters, require additional materials and add to the cost per square foot.
If you're not a do-it-yourselfer or you simply do not have the time to devote to building your own deck, concentrate on designing the deck you want, then finding a builder who can work within your budget.