house has two decks, totalling 602
sq feet. Since portions of the decks
are getting unsafe, and since the
deck in in the way of the residing
effort, I guess it's time to replace
I first took bids for the rough framing,
I asked for separate numbers for the
deck replacement. I received two quotes,
one from Chris
Clark Construction (20 Estrella
Way, Novato, CA 415-898-5408), and
the other from Richard
Schneider Construction (P.O.
Box 3931 San Rafael, CA) Chris' bid
was $25,200 but had some excludes
that would add up. Rich's bid was
a few thousand higher, but included
demo. It took some analysis, but it
seemed that Chris' bid was better.
sure what the county would want, paperwork-wise,
when simply replacing a deck. Turns
out they wanted engineer's stamped
drawings. Henry Larsen indicated that
it might take 13 or so hours, at $165/hour.
Damn! I looked on ServiceMagic.com
and found three Bay Area three engineers.
I spoke with the first one, and learned
that deck calcs might take 25-30 hours,
and cost $175/hour. I spoke to the
second provider, and learned that
he too would not save me money. Humbled,
I emailed my local structural engineer,
Henry Larsen, and requested that the
work be done. Unfortunately, it took
longer than the 13 hours suggested.
the deck drawings to Chris Clark.
He tweaked his bid. I was disappointed
that the deck bid climbed by thousands.
Oh well. To cover myself, I posted
for deck contractors on Servicemagic.
The response was, as usual, excellent,
and four contractors came by within
a few days. Unfortunately, no one
priced the job dramatically below
Chris' bid. Oh - And no one included
deck railings in his bid.
Chris has re-presented his bid, to
reflect deck structure-only. So I
will be shopping for both a cable
rail installer and a deck-surface
installer. My latest thoughts are:
system = cable railing + ipe posts
OR powder-coated steel.
surface = ipe-type tropical hardwood.
PDF of new deck (2mg)
(Note: joists have been installed
16" OC, not the 24" shown
in these plans.)
PDF of new deck detail (200k) .
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