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Old 07-09-2015, 10:08 PM   #1
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So I'm boozin here in SF with some relatively flighty tech people, lotsa money, no idea of reality. Close friends coworker, know pictures of work from when I was on my own....

Dude asks that he needs a deck built... Says it will be huge, 600sq ft, I'm like alllllright, idea of budget?

He says 130-150,000...

I might need to fire back up the machine...
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:16 PM   #2
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So I'm boozin here in SF with some relatively flighty tech people, lotsa money, no idea of reality. Close friends coworker, know pictures of work from when I was on my own....

Dude asks that he needs a deck built... Says it will be huge, 600sq ft, I'm like alllllright, idea of budget?

He says 130-150,000...

I might need to fire back up the machine...
Roof cover, outdoor kitchen, spiral stairs, custom welded railing, inlays... Yup, you could blow 130-150,000 on 600 sq ft.

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I'll come to sf for 150k on 600sf if you don't want it
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Guy the other day says to me like he's a big schnit 'I got 60k and the wife wants one of them ippee (he pronounced like yippee) decks with a patio, outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, retaining wall, lights' - told him he's in the ballpark, maybe the parking lot
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At +$250 sqft I hope it has a stripper pole and a 1/2 way decent FEMALE "dancer" working that pole for at least a very long weekend. In the Bay you better specify gender
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:03 AM   #6
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New to me tv show , Mega Decks, up in Rob's country Colorado , they always frame with steel and put man made on.

The ones I watched were $ 600,000 and up.

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Not many 600k decks your way john?!
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Not many 600k decks here, most homes don't cost that much.
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The most high $ project I can remember doing is $ 76,000 and I had to travel to Ark . Lost my ass on it.

Usually the bigger the job the less I make on it.

But that show Mega Decks doesn't do any thing but $ 400,000 and above that I have seen so far. They are based in Colorado Springs so must be competition for Ol Robert.

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Not many 600k decks here, most homes don't cost that much.
Same here. Actually, most homes here are a 3rd that price. I just quoted a 13k deck (1212) and I think the owners eyes almost fell out of his head. I'm re quoting as pt deck now
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Same here. Actually, most homes here are a 3rd that price. I just quoted a 13k deck (1212) and I think the owners eyes almost fell out of his head. I'm re quoting as pt deck now

I've get that fairly often. Everybody wants a HGTV deck, but they expect it to cost $5000.
Most people don't realize how much the materials cost.
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I was only messing around about 600k, we don't see that either - I think steel framin' Robert said the show contacted him, I would have jumped at that if possible
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If you can get the work, go for it.

If it's in the City, have the setback discussion first: SF Setback Rules. An existing non-compliant deck is not an indicator that you can build a new deck with the same footprint, unless you can provide evidence that the deck was built with that footprint prior to the use of permits in the City, i.e. the 50s or 60s.

(Experience-based) downer note aside, go for it.
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Actually thought about you, Bob, when I had the conversation. I'm over on Lombard building a Gym where the Past Perfect Antique store used to be.

I Super for Build Group TI division, crazy busy. I'm going to follow up with client, but might be more interested in passing on a good client. PM me if interested. I still need to get the details.
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The most high $ project I can remember doing is $ 76,000 and I had to travel to Ark . Lost my ass on it.

Usually the bigger the job the less I make on it.

But that show Mega Decks doesn't do any thing but $ 400,000 and above that I have seen so far. They are based in Colorado Springs so must be competition for Ol Robert.

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They do cheaper projects too.
I won't post my personal feelings for them, but I will say that every customer that was considering them and us chose us after visiting projects from each.
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Well I be switched, from the look of those MD projects I would have thought them to be one of the best out there.

What do they do wrong Rob ?

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Usually the bigger the job the less I make on it......
I have similar experience.
It's the time/labor that I seem to misfigure, not the materials.

The profit per day on small jobs is easy to plan and to achieve.

It's new 'new and exciting' jobs that wind up eating my pants...
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Well I be switched, from the look of those MD projects I would have thought them to be one of the best out there.

What do they do wrong Rob ?

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I don't know, I just tell them to compare quality of workmanship, I let the customer decide from there...
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Same here. Actually, most homes here are a 3rd that price. I just quoted a 13k deck (1212) and I think the owners eyes almost fell out of his head. I'm re quoting as pt deck now
we could do a 12x12 for 5k, all composite, no stairs
I might make 2500 on it also, in a day

The bigger decks are the snottier customers are

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we could do a 12x12 for 5k, all composite, no stairs
I might make 2500 on it also, in a day

The bigger decks are the snottier customers are
13k was 5' off ground, aluminum railing, trex trancends decking and fascia. Remove old deck first and pour 3 new piers. The trex and railing were about 7k of that.

You must pay a lot less for composite than me.

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