Which wood for large deck?
We are embarking on the planning and construction of a large patio/deck/outdoor kitchen. When I say large, I mean large. We're planning in the neighborhood of 3,000 sq. ft.
I've been pricing out various woods. Our favorite option (by far) would be IPE with the hidden IpeClip system but I don't think that the budget can handle that, even with cedar railings. At that square footage we're looking at nearly $3-4k for the clips alone. Composites have been ruled out, and budget-wise, they're in the neighborhood of IPE anyways.
So we may go with something a little less exciting. Clear cedar or redwood are options we're considering, which seem like they will cut down the material cost by 25-50%. I was wondering if any of you had any recommendations or favorites for wood when you're trying to keep the cost down. Also if you have any good online sources for lumber you'd recommend I'm all ears.