New 12' High Deck With Spa - Unexpected Extra Work in BC
(Langley BC Canada)
We started out with a basic plan of a 16 x 16 deck pressure treated wood. The build included removing the old deck and the sonotube footings. The old deck was not installed correctly and the wood to the house was rotted out, reguiring replacement of the ledger board. This was expensive.
The new deck --at my insistence --was to be put on pilings--this required hand digging through the hard packed clay--time consuming, pricy.
Footings poured, then then sq pilings on top---overkill--then the lower deck for the Spa, had to be integrated in to the yard, gravel for drainage, weeping tile required replacement,
French drain under deck to keep ground dry-- and alum railing--all in about $8500.00+/-
All the extras came as after thoughts----pre-planning would have saved some money