First deck contractor came today. I think we’ll be going with him. But we have at least one more outfit visiting next week.
This guy was young, but honest. Appears to know his deck stuff. Told Hubby we couldn’t dig down under the deck because it would expose the footings, which would allow frost to get in during the winter months, and the moisture would start wicking up our interior walls once it thawed. That would ruin our foundation as well, because the moisture in the wall would freeze and thaw repeatedly with our weather, cracking the foundation. Soooo….no digging down underneath the deck. Hubby is disappointed. So am I. Means we’re still bent over under the deck trying to access the hose bib to turn the water on and off.
The kid’s guess for a 200 square foot deck was about $8000 CAD for pressure treated wood. It would be about $12,000 for a composite deck. He’s going to do up a formal quote for pressure treated wood.
Hubby talked about a few other projects in the yard. The kid had some good ideas. I explained what was going on with our meadow back yard and the issues we had with the front yard. I asked if he had ever worked with a landscape architect. He had and it was a lady we had heard about before. She’s moved a couple hours up the highway. He’s going to talk to her to see if she’ll come down to talk to us. Ideally we’d like her to draw up a plan for hardscaping and general landscaping.
Anyways, we’ll see.