I knew 5k was in the pretty low range, but I did not know that it was that low. Looks like that new deck would cost significantly more than my kitchen renovation - and we did not go cheap on that.
I enjoy doing that type of project by myself, but its really an issue of time. Looks like I dont have much of a choice. I will probably be back on here to ask some questions about how to proceed with a DIY solution one I recover from tax season.