Cost to Build a Cedar Deck
Find the average cost to build a cedar deck yourself compared with hiring a deck contractor. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a pro to do the job. Learn what to consider and the steps involved.
A deck is one of the most popular additions to a house because it expands the living space by incorporating the yard and garden into an outdoor room. Whether you read a book, take a nap, dine al fresco or simply enjoy the pleasure of being outdoors, a deck will become your favorite place. While a deck made of cedar is more expensive than other woods, its rich color complements any style of architecture, and its natural preservatives help to withstand insects and nasty weather conditions.
To build a basic 12-foot-by-15-foot ground level deck made of mid-grade cedar, a contractor will charge $3,600, which includes labor and material. If you’re an experienced carpenter and have the tools, you can buy the decking materials and fasteners for $1,400 and build it yourself, saving 61 percent. The building process is extensive and involves planning the design, laying out the deck for size and height, locating the posts, installing joists and bracing, attaching the deck to the house, installing the foundation piers, installing the decking, and finishing the deck with stairs or a railing if needed.
Before you consider the design, check with your local building department to learn about building code requirements. And check your property survey to make sure you know exactly where your property lines are.
National Average Cost
Build a Cedar Deck
- DIY 62%
- PRO 38%