building a 10x10 foot ground-level deck yourself would cost about $700 for the materials versus paying a professional around $2,200 total. you could use pressure-treated lumber to build a 16x16 foot deck for $1,500 or hire a contractor to do the labor for you for about $6,400 .
depending on the size and materials used, a ground level deck can cost upwards of $4,000. some of the most expensive components for a deck are railings and stairs. since a ground level deck does not require safety railings or stairs to access, the cost to build one is comparatively lower than building an elevated deck in terms of both materials and labor.
ground-level deck: dig holes for posts these instructions review how to build a deck that will be approximately 8 feet wide and 10 feet long. this assumes the deck will be on level ground and not attached to your home, with an estimated building time of 16 to 24 hours.
consequently, if you are framing the grade-level deck out of 2x6s to hug the ground at one end, you may have to change the joist size to 2x8s or larger as the grade permits in order to mount structural guardrail posts.
smaller decks will range between $1800 and $2200, and anything over 500 square foot in size will add to the cost exponentially. multi-level decks and decks using add-ons and optional features can run an average of up to $25,000.
doing it yourself, you can build an 8x10-foot ground-level deck from treated lumber for about $500 in materials. having a contractor build it for you raises the price to $1,500. you could build a treated-lumber raised deck, say 10x16 feet, for about $1,500 in materials.