Understanding pricing for your outdoor living project
Nailing Down the Pricing For Your Outdoor Living Space
If you’re looking to build a new outdoor living space, understanding pricing is important. With endless price estimators and unreliable ranges online, it can be difficult to know what to expect to budget for your project. At Archadeck, we will work with you to understand not only your expectations for the final product, but your budget as well. When it comes to pricing an outdoor project, there are three major considerations that will impact the overall out-of-pocket cost: size, material, and the site conditions.
It’s not surprising that size is a contributing factor to pricing. In general, the bigger the project, the higher the price. And a big factor that plays into the size of the project is how you intend to use it – you want to have enough space for it to function properly and have the right flow but want to minimize wasted space if appropriate. Discussing functionality with your designer is an important first step to creating a space of the right size.
From deciding on wood or low-maintenance decking to concrete or flagstone pavers, material choices and your desired aesthetic will impact the price of your new outdoor living space. For example, top-of-the-line, low-maintenance decking can potentially be 50-100% more expensive than traditional pressure-treated wood. And certain materials require additional labor that will play a role in the overall cost of your project, such as exotic wood or stamped concrete. Discussing the pros and cons of different materials with your Archadeck designer will help as you evaluate value.
The topography of a property does impact the difficulty to achieve the desired final project. Hillsides, for instance, will require more engineering than a yard that is completely flat. Additionally, what is currently on the property will be considered. Is there an existing deck that is being torn down? Or are the bones of an existing structure going to be used in the new build? And factors like the height of the deck, accessibility to the site, and your home’s exterior can also have an impact on the final price.
Pricing an outdoor living project can be confusing and complicated, but the size, materials, and site conditions should be considered to price your project properly. If you’re considering a new outdoor living project, discuss options with your Archadeck designer to ensure the end result is a project you love, and at a price that you’re comfortable with.