addition of a new deck to a house, or the replacement of an older deck
can be quickly implemented at a relatively low cost, and offer years of
outdoor enjoyment. I used to have a deck building company in
Northern Virginia thirty years ago. The examples shown in the slide
show below are from that time. Lately, I've been designing more
higher end houses, but that market has shrunk considerably in the
2009-2010 recession. Accordingly, I thought I would re-emphasize
my earlier business.
Early Decks This is a slideshow which cycles thru several deck designs. Later Decks
Decks are fun to design, and they offer
clients a great deal of satisfaction at a fairly low cost. Keep
in mind that cost is always relative to an individual; is based on a
number of factors; is determined solely by the contractor; and is
agreed to by the client in the final analysis. My job is to
design a deck for you that you want; your job is to afford it.
materials used, and the size and complexity of the design are the key
factors for predicting cost. I think the absolute best decking
material is ipe wood, but it is very expensive. Most decks are
made of regular pressure treated pine, but there are other options.
Redwood and cedar are very nice woods used over a pressure
treated pine sub-structure. It is also possible to get locust and
other locally grown species.
Of course, hot tubs,
stone faced grilles, covered porches, frog ponds, and a host of other
features can be included in a "deck" project. I can help you with
all of this, because often the deck oozes into the landscape. I
will discuss planting in general, but not in specifics. I will
generally design swimming pools, but will work with the pool contractor
on the detailed implementation of the general design.
hardware stores have a number of books on decks; there are plenty of
pictures in the magazines; you can also take pictures of decks you
like; There's many a good source of ideas. What I'll do is work
with you to take the various things you like and combine them into a
deck that is customized to your house. Naturally, I expect to get
paid for my work, which is done
on an hourly basis. If you wish to proceed further, send me an
email, without attachments, and tell me about a page's worth regarding
your project. Be sure to include some kind of estimate about your
budget. I will get back to you at my earliest convenience.