Deck budget breakdown

So it’s been a while since we talked about our deck, but I realized I never shared our budget for this project. Luckily, since we were able to reuse a lot of the 4 x 6 planks from our old deck for the frame and joists, the expenses didn’t rack up too much!

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All amounts include a 9.75% tax rate, and Lowe’s purchases reflect the 5% discount from our Lowe’s credit card.

Deck preparation and base: $60.70

  • Cinder blocks (12): $18.22
  • Half cinder blocks (2): $3.38
  • Concrete mix (1): $3.98
  • Concrete deck blocks (5): $35.12

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Railing and deck supports – 4 x 4s: $26.45

  • 4x4x8 treated lumber (3): $26.45

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Deck planks: $192.71

  • 5/4 x 6 x 12 treated deck planks (21): $130.91
  • 5/4 x 6 x 10 treated deck planks (11): $57.10
  • 5/4 x 6 x 8 treated deck planks (1): $4.70

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Apron pieces: $47.85

  • 2 x 8 x 12 treated lumber (2): $29.76
  • 2 x 8 x 8 treated lumber (2): $18.09

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Railing: $59.46

  • 2 x 4 x 8 treated lumber (1): $3.39
  • 2 x 4 x 10 treated lumber (1): $4.44
  • Railing ballusters (48): $51.63

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Deck screws: $57.76

Misc Bolts/nuts/screws: $20.74

  • 1/4″ x 3″ galvanized lag bolts (22): $14.49
  • 3/8″ x 4″ galvanized lag bolts for ledger (3): $5.56
  • 3/8″ galvanized flat washers for ledger (3): $0.69

Finishing touches: $91.35

  • Mess-up paint to cover up leftover red paint on deck structure (1): $5.21
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue max/exterior rated (1): $5.02
  • Behr All-in-one Wood Cleaner (1): $10.95
  • Behr paint sample (1): $3.23
  • Behr semi-transparent stain samples (3): $12.12
  • Behr gallon of semi-transparent stain (1): $40.59
  • Shur-line 3 piece brush set (1): $14.23

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TOTAL COST: $557.02

So for a whole new deck that turned out sooo pretty, that’s not too bad, eh? We also had $90 in Lowe’s gift cards and $50 in Home Depot gift cards (from Swagbucks!), and we got a $5 rebate from Behr for the stain, making our actual out-of-pocket total $412.02. Woot!

We do still have to paint the railing, but we already have wood filler, primer, and some white trim paint. We’ll probably have to buy more of that, but would have needed more for touch ups and the patio door anyway. I can’t wait until this spring so we can finally finish it!

Here’s a list of our previous deck blog posts for reference. 

None of these posts are intended to be step-by-step tutorials on deck building, but merely an account of our process. Please check local building code for your area before starting your project!

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