Exterior shot of a two-tier deck


A deck is a big investment and a once in a lifetime purchase. To get the best value, there are a few design considerations that can help you find the right specifications for your project.

Design elements and pricing

Deck Size

The surface area of your deck is the most obvious indicator of cost. Still, you also want to consider, municipal regulations on setbacks and the common dimensions of lumber to help you determine how to balance your vision with your budget.


The style, material and linear footage of your railing is a big part of the material and labout costs for your deck. Being creative in the mixing of styles and sizes of any openings can make bring the style elements you are looking for at a cost that feels comfortable.


This is the exterior cladding of the bottom portion of the deck. The price will be determined by the height of your deck, the material you choose and how it is installed. Turning slats from horizontal to vertical can change your projects budget in an instant.

Sample project specs

Considering the constraining specs, we have samples of deck projects and their pricing as a guide. All sample projects include decking and structure in treated lumber, at a maximum of height of 36 inches, horizontal skirting, railing made of wood and black metal balusters, and one set of 54-inch wide stairs down to the lawn. Variations of these decks with the features that you are looking for will add to your time outdoors for year to come!

Illustration of 12 x 12 foot deck

Starting at $13,680 plus taxes. (12×12)

Illustration of 10 x 10 foot deck

Starting at $11,000 plus taxes. (10×10)

Illustration of 12 x 16 foot deck

Starting at $15,360 plus taxes.

Illustration of 10 x 12 foot deck

Starting at $12,480 plus taxes. (10×12)

Illustration of 16 x 16 foot deck

Starting at $15,850 plus taxes. (16×16)