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A deck twice as big, half the price
A deck twice as big, half the price
When Tim Clancy and his wife Alexandre went looking to build a deck on their suburban Atlanta home in 2005, they were quoted $25,000 in the midst of the real estate boom.

Fast forward four years, with a drought killing the landscape business and the worst recession in recent memory bringing construction to a near standstill.

This year the Clancy's paid $12,000 on labor and materials for a deck twice as big by agreeing to let the contractor work around other projects and buying the materials themselves.

Plus they got a first floor patio thrown in to boot.

"The back yard is the primary reason we bought the house," said Tim. "It's got pine and hardwoods and is just beautiful to look out on."

NEXT: Dog days and smiles

Last updated June 22 2009: 11:47 AM ET
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