COST OF BUILDING A DECK IN AUCKLAND

COST OF BUILDING A DECK IN AUCKLAND

With the current trend for outdoor entertaining and relaxation, building a new decking area is more popular than ever before.

So, how much does it cost of building a deck in Auckland? The team at Style Plus Renovations Auckland offers 5 things to consider on different materials and their costs for building your new deck:

  1. Rules & Regulations
  2. Cost of building a deck in Auckland?
  3. Can you remove my old decking and relay new decking?
  4. What is the difference between Pine & Kwila decking?
  5. Do I engage a Builder & Project Manager?
Cost of building a deck

Cantilever deck by Style Plus | Renovations

RULES AND REGULATIONS

RULES & REGULATIONS

When the time comes to plan your decking space, it is important to review the rules and regulations around building your deck.

The following are some guidelines to consider:

• For outdoor structures like fences, decks and retaining walls, the main reason you may require a consent is if you are building over a certain height. You do not require a building consent for decks that are up to 1.5 metres above ground.

• Any deck where someone can fall 1 metre or more requires a barrier and you may require a resource consent.

• If the deck is attached to the house then you should allow a 12mm gap on the ribbon plate to stop moisture retention behind the plate which can lead to mould mildew and eventually rot.

• Decks must still meet other building requirements, primarily the durability and structural requirements. Check with your designer or builder on those requirements.

Tip: Check out Auckland City Council webpage – Fences, Decks & Retaining Walls. Alternatively, contact Style Plus | Renovations and we will guide you through your building process.

Cost of building a deck

HOW MUCH WILL MY DECK COST?

HOW MUCH WILL MY DECK COST?

“How much should I charge to build a deck”

This is a common question that we consider and are asked. The answer will typically depend on the complexity of the design and the height of the deck.

Decking build costs do vary but expect to pay in the region of for a deck under 1m high:

  • $470+ per metre square for treated 90mm wide pine decking.

Other factors to consider when building your deck include:

  • Site conditions. And the type of soil.
  • An elevated deck is more labour intensive. Therefore, it will cost more, and if above 1 meter in height, a council consent is required.
  • Accessories, including substructure timber for bearers and joists, nuts, bolts, posts.

This information is a basic guideline and does not include stairs, seating, base cladding, demolition or any allowances for specific design, plans or permit fees.

Tip: The best way of finding out the cost of your decking job is to get at least 3 quotes from local deck builders. This will provide you with a sense of what the market rates are.

Cost of building a deck

CAN YOU REMOVE MY OLD DECKING AND RELAY NEW DECKING?

Typically this is not an option as by the time the decking has reached its lifespan the supporting structure will also need to be replaced.

Here are a few pointers to determine the condition of your deck:

  • Look for signs of rotting wood, not only in the decking but in handrails, steps and all other timber parts. A good idea is to use a screwdriver to determine the condition of the wood. For example, if it penetrates the wood easily, without splintering the surface, you may have a problem and the board, or other component, must be replaced.
  • Next, you should check that all railings, banisters and steps are still solidly constructed, with no loose parts. Bear in mind that the boards on the deck may have been replaced while the underlying structure could be older.
  • Damaged or rotten decking boards are ugly, and they could be hazardous too.
  • It pays to use a certified builder because even a simple job such as a deck can occasionally go wrong and this way you are guaranteed a level of skill and professionalism

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PINE AND KWILA DECKING?

Decking materials come in various types of shapes, materials, and sizes but the two common types are softwood and hardwood. The most commonly used decking timbers in New Zealand are:

• Pine (softwood): Treated pine is widely available, an effective option and commonly used for New Zealand decking. If well maintained, it will be long lasting. However, on the downside, this product warps and bends easily and contains chemical preservatives.

• Kwila (hardwood): Kwila decking has long been a popular choice for New Zealand residential decking construction because of its good looks and durability.

Tip: Kwila contains a water soluble tannin that leaches out when wet. The tannin that leaches out will stain concrete and tiles. At Style Plus | Renovations we suggest it is left to weather on grass prior to being laid.

Cost of building a deck

DO I ENGAGE A BUILDER OR PROJECT MANAGER?

Cost of building a deck

DO I ENGAGE A BUILDER & PROJECT MANAGER?

Engaging a project manger and licensed builder ensures your specific outdoor living project is tracking along to plan and is being built to code.

The allocated project manager manages the project so it finishes to the agreed timeline and to the budgetary requirements, and that the builder completes the project according to building codes, plans, and specs.

Engaging a project manager increases project success, is an effective option and includes specifying a scope of work, budget management, tracking schedules, selecting subcontractors and workers, developing communication strategy for resolving conflicts, and more…

At Style Plus, full project management is what we do. We partner with select architects, engineers and licensed professional builders to create that indoor | outdoor flow that features a designed decking space.

Book your consultation today and kick start your outdoor living renovation project!

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