Building Cost to Hire a Contractor For My Deck

by Jody Benson
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

I just paid $24 a square foot for a 10x15 pressure treated deck. I am not sure what it costs elsewhere but here in Ottawa, Ontario.

Pretty basic with a simple 2x2 baluster railing secured to the edge of the deck and two stairs down about 3 or 4 feet. That came to $3750 for materials and labor.

It could have been a lot more if I used cedar and added some extras. Also, here in Ottawa we get a good winter so the builder had to dig quite deep and put in concrete footings to deal with the frost heaving. That is a lot of labor as opposed to just using those concrete foundation blocks on the surface.

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Apr 04, 2016
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Reference
by: Anonymous

Can you recommend his company?

Mar 09, 2016
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I think you got a good deal
by: Anonymous

I don't know any contractor that will supply labor and material for $19. I think you got a good price at $25 or $26. That is the going rate and the price of wood has gone sky high.
Cement has doubled in price from a few years ago. Everything costs more.

Nov 29, 2015
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by: Anonymous

Sounds average. It ranges from $25-$35/sq ft

Aug 30, 2011
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you are where you are
by: Anonymous

There are a lot of rip-off contractors working in the Ottawa area. I think because it is a government-based town.

You can't do much about this fact, except order your own materials from outside the city.

Maybe try to hire contractors who are based and operating in smaller towns near Ottawa but not in it.

It was cheaper for a friend of mine to hire a gas fitter from Toronto and pay his hotel room than to get a local contractor to install a gas fireplace.

Contractors rob elderly folk blind in Ottawa!

May 24, 2011
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The last word
by: Roy

If you're happy with the deck it was worth the price regardless of the cost.

May 27, 2008
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Miscalculated The Building Cost
by: Anonymous

If my math is right (10*15=150) (3750/150=$25.00 per sq. ft.)

You paid $25.00 a square ft.

Apr 04, 2008
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Deck Cost Seems Too high
by: Anonymous

I agree with the previous comment. We had a two-tiered cedar deck built last summer, about 20 x 40 with 2 steps on either side. Same type of concrete footings, plus a nice pergola going across one tier, all for $8,000.

Mar 11, 2008
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ouch
by: Anonymous

The builder walked with about $2800 on you. A deck like that can be built for a nice profit for more like 18-19 dollars a square foot.

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