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May is Deck Safety Month

May is Deck Safety Month

Here’s What you Need to Know With the excitement of spring and the good weather, comes the glorious days of relaxing on your deck. Nothing is more rewarding than enjoying fresh air and the outdoors.  Before you make your way out onto that deck of yours, inspect it...

Capped Composite Decking – The New Pool and Hot Tub Surround

Capped Composite Decking – The New Pool and Hot Tub Surround

It’s that time of year when homeowners are opening their pools and assessing their summer hotspot. If your pool surround has seen better days, you may want to consider breaking from the traditional concrete, stone or paver patio and investigate capped composite decking for around your backyard oasis. It’s the “not so new kid on the block” and the products just keep getting better.

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Outdoor Privacy

Outdoor Privacy

Maybe you have nosy neighbors, or you just do not like the view. If either are the case, and moving is not an option, just add some privacy! There are so many fabulous ways to achieve your ideal serene environment without standard fence options.

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Perfect Pavilions

Perfect Pavilions

Perfect Pavilions have become increasing popular over the years.  They are usually rectangle and have no built-in flooring.  Traditionally you’ll find pavilions over patios or decking.  These open-air structures can be very basic or exceptionally elaborate. 

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Supporting your Deck Hot Tub

Supporting your Deck Hot Tub

Hot tub deck additions have become more popular since the Coronavirus pandemic. They are a wonderful way to unwind and enjoy your outdoor space. Adding a hot tub to your deck involves more than just buying one and bringing it home. There are structural and design details that will need to be addressed first. This is not a typical do-it-yourself project as it does require a high-level of construction experience. We suggest working with a professional outdoor builder.

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The Motorized Louvered Pergola

The Motorized Louvered Pergola

A louver is a shutter with horizontal slats that allows the user to admit light and air in and keep rain out. Simply stated, it is a roof you can open. A motorized louvered pergola allows the user to control everything remotely. They are the perfect cover for your deck or patio giving you a reprieve from the sun on a hot day and protecting your area from debris like leaves.

The modern motorized pergola enhances the end user’s home and can flawlessly integrate with the existing home’s architecture. There are many design options with this product, and it can be customized with corbel ends, post wraps, caps, bases, and colors to meet homeowners and HOA needs. Most modern motorized pergolas are green products and are low maintenance.

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Screened Porch

Screened Porch

If you are considering turning all or part of your deck into a screened porch, we’ve got some great places to start and tips to consider.  Converting your deck into screened porch has a lot benefits beginning with your return on  investment and ending with you enjoying every minute of your new outdoor living space. 
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Framing Your Outdoor Space!

Framing Your Outdoor Space!

Most decks are framed using chemically treated southern yellow pine lumber, treated with alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ), copper azole (CA), or micronized copper azole (MCA). This treatment process involves placing the wood in a container to be pressurized and infused with one of the above chemical treatments in order to make the wood more resistant to rot and decay.
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Deck Railing Decisions

Deck Railing Decisions

When you are investing in an outdoor living space, material decisions are just as valuable as working with a qualified contractor/designer. One of the more important decisions will be your railing choice. Railings will be the first thing guests see when they look up at your deck, so you will want a stylish presentation. You will also want a railing that aligns with your home, lifestyle, and personality. We have broken them down for you by the more popular material selections – vinyl, wood, aluminum, and composite.
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COVID-19 and Outdoor Living Space

COVID-19 and Outdoor Living Space

The pandemic has changed the way we use our homes; they are now our offices, our schools, our kid’s playgrounds. As we cope in these hard times together with our stay-at-home orders, we also face a daunting new normal when leaving the house, with social distancing and face-covering protocols.
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Talk to the Pros

Removed existing three-level deck and built new two-level deck. Installed privacy fence along one side of deck and hand railings on steps. Working with Mike, the owner, was pleasant experience. He listened to our ideas and concerns, made suggestions for improvement and, in general, was easy to communicate with. Final design product was fully accepted. The work crews were punctual, worked hard, and because of bad weather, worked long hours to finish within schedule. Final deck product was job well done. Left work-site clean & acceptable.

Ed Kerlin, Potomac, MD