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Please Believe Me...The River Told Me


We built this beautiful two-level deck in June 2015. It's a wood composite by TimberTech...awesome product with a 30 year warranty. 

Earlier this year this homeowners notice that the boards moved up creating a slight trip hazard. 

They called us and after our inspection we determined that it was a 2x10 deck joist (wood) that swelled up. We lowered the joist and put it back together in minutes. Easy fix. 

We've built a few decks on this strip of river and ALWAYS enjoy the scenery. 

Nothing But Trim


We're proud to be part of Home Depot's referral program. Home Depot does a good job with it. 

What a beautiful entrance...well manicured. 

This nice home has lots of columns in the front and the back. Unfortunately, the bottom trim pieces  (wood) rotted out and needed to be replaced. 

We replaced all the trim with PVC trim - pvc looks like wood, cuts like wood, paints like wood but never rots. 

The End. 

Pay Dirt

This particular project is a lot more than just a concrete slab. However, this time I wanted to showcase more of this phase to help you better understand the process involved. 

The big project is an AZEK PVC new deck. The existing deck will be replaced with AZEK PVC "porch" decking and the rails are Fortress aluminum railis. Visit or contact us for more info. It's a create product with a 30 warranty. 

Here's the concrete part of the project. It's hard to tell in this pic but there's a lot of slope which untilmately ends up in a 10" thick slab.

Lot's of shoveling and moving of water drain pipes.

Bam! Is that not a lot of dirt from an unsuspecting 16x21' area.?

In this pic you also see the "forming" - the 2x8's, stakes etc needed to ensure the slab takes the shape we want it to. 

The "trench" you see will be for the 6x6 posts that will support the new deck...aka "footings." Footings have to be at least 12" deep or until we hit hard/virgin soil. 

We have to transport every bit of concrete in this ready-mix truck to the back yard. 

This time we rented a concrete "scoot" buggy that carries twice as much concrete than a wheel barrow and spares much back pain. 

Prior to pouring and after we "formed" we also installed sheared welded steel wire remesh sheets to further enhance the slab's strength and prevent cracking. 

This is our new best friend...the Wacker Neuson concrete vibrator. When concrete is poured it's likely to have 100's or 1000's of air bubbles that can substantially weaken the dry slab. 

Concrete vibrators will eliminate air bubbles by vigorously shaking the freshly poured concrete with this mechanical vibrator. 

This equipment allows us to leave a much better product for our clients. 

Here she lays...

and after she decided to firm up some we resumed our work -- here' we are leaving what's called a "broom" finish. As opposed to a smooth slippery finish a broom finish leaves a safer walk-able yet nice surface top. 

After about a week of let this thick slab cure, watering it down in the evening to prevent cracks during the curing process and rain we came back to the job site to build the deck. 

Beautiful slab.

You Design & We'll Build It


As vast as the internet is it's still a small world.

What a great nugget this subdivision is. Beautiful townhouses. 

Are client was sharp and knew exactly what he wanted + he's an architect. Ti's a simple design but really helpful for us in delivering what the our client wants. 

What a small world it is. 

A small deck....

...with interesting deck joists. These are 4x6 deck joists compared to the traditional 2x8's or 2x10's. I love them and will investigate if we can build decks with 4x6's.

We didn't even need a dumpsters the deck was so small. 




The Monther-In-Law


We want to thank who ever created Nextdoor. :)

The new owners needed this big room turned into a bedroom. The entrance door is on the left.

We obliged and closed it in for them. 

The entrance door in the far right but dead center is the thickness of the wall. We did NOT want to close in a thick wall and leave bunch of dead-space. 

We closed in the room and made a closet. 

And turned that thick wall on the left into a beautiful book shelf!!

From a different view...the thick wall. 

The room...

We really were glad to leverage that wall space. Turns out the homeowner loves to read and now has a place for all her books!!

A Little Help for a Little While for a Lot of Things

We're part of Home Depot's Pro Referral Program. We're glad to help with big jobs and smaller ones like the one below.

It's amazing the amount of subdivisions in Alpharetta. 

All the homeowners needed done on their home was to have their flashing painted and we said, " Sure! We can help."

And we did....

And all was good thereafter. :) 

This Old Home


We appreciate very much being referred. It's the biggest compliment. 

This is a nice established neighborhood with plenty of beautiful trees.

This old home to the right is the A.H. Stephens Historic House owned by former Georgia Governor of the same name.  

The builder of this home built several look a likes in this nice neighborhood. These homes really stand out because the majority of the neighborhood homes have the slanted siding and angled roofs. This particular home is all cedar siding. 

Here's what it looked like during the transformation. 

First things first, this nice home desperately needed a good washing. 

We painted the dentil trim and porch in a Sherwin Williams semi-gloss white. The siding (only the bottom half painted in this pic) is a Sherwin Williams Double Latte. Nice.

We love spraying when ever possible (and appropriate) because it leaves a much nicer finish. 

Here's a view of almost a finished job. 

As accents we painted the stair risers white but the steps are actually a Sherwin Williams Lodge Brown. Great

We also washed and stained the rear deck. 

We always spray the deck rails and decking and then roll the decking again for a more durable finish. 

This is a Sherwin Williams Woodbriar stain.

The homeowner selected the color and clearly wanted the deck to match her home. Great neutral colors that some plant greens and red umbrella can make it pop. 

Before: We actually replaced many of the chimney boards prior to starting the paint process. 

Much nicer. 

A Lot of Painting and a Little Bit of Everything Else

SMYRNA, GA: We referred to these homeowner's and for that we're always very, very thankful. 

We met with the homeowners to the discuss the scope of work.

And got busy prepping and painting (keep your eye on the windows to the right).

As is customary in our field (lucky us) the scope of work grew and soon the homeowners asked us to remove these skylights. 

And we got busy on that as well. 

We removed the sky lights....

Installed new roof sheathing and 30lb black felt paper. 

And before you knew it we were done.

Click on this picture and you'll see that we spraying the crown molding. Spraying leaves an awesome finish...we use Sherwin Williams ProClassic premium trim paint. Leaves a nice hard shell. 

Our U.S. Marine learning a few things from our pain lead. 

I must give it to the homeowners (maybe just the missus) because they hit it out of  the ballpark. 

We loved their color pallet and the vision to open the sun-room on the left. We also lowered the sky-high mantel to a nicer height. 

Starting the paint process in the foyer.

The mast bathroom. We actually painted almost the entire inside to include some of the basement. It was a big house.  

The old bat cave...we removed all the windows and installed new beams. The slate tile was a paint to remove and a hassle to carry out (very heavy).

The homeowners (likely the missus) made an excellent choice on tile. It's a "brick-like"  from Floor and Decor...awesome. We built the columns and trim..

Build it and they will come....

We did (but not the carpet)

On Golden Pond

ALPHARETTA, GA: I've always found it interesting how we as humans traverse this globe. Several hundred years ago all this was a jungle, today it's a different kind of jungle but still a jungle. 

Our client recently moved in from Venezuela and found us via Nextdoor (thank you thank you).

There's a lot of Alpharetta'd be surprised how many. 

Like many homes we see, this home had a tree line but no shade to speak of. We provided this rendering for the homeowner to give him a better visual of what we had in mind. 

And off of to work we went. Look at all them trees. 

We used Sherwin Williams SuperPaint with a semi-gloss to help repel moisture. It looks beautiful.

The sun really beat the deck boards down.

We installed new TWENTY FOOT boards...yes, one board per row (we're not fans of cut/staggered boards at all. The boards were secured with polymer-coated deck screws and as you can see the start of the shed roof.

Looks how beautiful. The homeowner made an excellent selection for the deck and railing stain. The stain closely mimics the natural color of the lumber and  looks really, really nice. 

Our U.S. Marine that helped us for the summer. Look at the the tree line....

We're building away. 

Check out the deck railings and decking. It's stained, looks like the color of lumber, looks great, but  I can't recall the name of it!! 

Before we arrived.....

The transformation.....


Sometimes We Look Like a Trex....

BUFORD: Here we are installing a Trex wood composite deck. This board is their Trascend Spiced Rum...we like the grain very much. Very similar to TimberTech's Tropical Collection

It's amazing how this small looking bundle is a complete deck. We order our products from PMC Building Materials

Although we used TREX decking, the railing system is all TimberTech. This is their Evolutions Railining System...

With square aluminum balusters. 

We actually looked at this job in late July 2016 and started the project in early March of 2017. 

It one was on of those sunny brrrrrr days. Cold but onward we demo'd. 

And ran into this snag. Rotted lumber likely from the lack of flashing under the door. 

Of which we replaced with new pressure treated lumber. 

Nothing like forward progress with the framing. People often think that first go the support posts then the framing but it's actually the reverse process. 

Most of the deck is complete & we're just now installing the posts. This occurs because homes aren't square & getting the deck framing square is the priority. The post follow the frame.

Nice! This railing system leans mostly on the contemporary look. We love the two tone. The clients did a great job selecting the products. 

The main decking is TREX Transcend Havana Gold with Transcend Spiced Rum Borders. 

The deck span a robust 20'x24' (480 SF) and the house still looks huge. 

The black railing system provides great contrast. 

And in the end the clients asked for a ballroom entrance stair system. Very nice. 

Mi Casa su Casa

MILTON: Ok, this isn't my house and I'd have to ask permission to go back. :) 
However, there's a beautiful deck in the back the we want to share with you. 

But first, a view of very well wrapped and cared for materials from our people at PMC Building Materials. 

Our lead, Armando, figuring our how we're going to place a new set of stairs in a tight and confined space. 

This is a PERFECT pic as it shows all the products from TimberTech's Legacy Decking Collection:
***Mocha Boarders
***Tigerwood Main Deck
TimberTech's Radiance Rails
***Kona Rails & Balusters
***Kona Post Sleeves
***LED Post Caps

The old weather worn wood that didn't last long at all considering this is a very new home. 

We didn't replace the framing because it was in very good condition and because of the brick posts were too nice to demo. It would've been a waste.

However, we did install new decking, rails and lots of more split, weathered wood. Gone are the days of re-staining decks...There's a 30 year Fade & Stain Warranty on all of it!! That's awesome. 

You can see where they replaced some wood...that meant materials monies, installation monies and if they would've proceeded...staining monies. 

It was a smart financial and aesthetic decision to go with TimberTech's Composite decking.


Less Work. More Life. :
Improving the American Dream

We didn't build new deck framing but we did build a new set of stairs. 

And look how nice it turned out!!






The perimeter board isn't painted, it's a composite "fascia" board. Sweet

Simply Beautiful....I'm Serious

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We moved forward and ordered our materials from PMC Building Supplies & Stone Canter of Georgia Roswell.

This is the old deck that kept that dangerous secret I mentioned above. Notice the tree?

Bam!!! Tree be Gone and a new beautiful composite deck from TimberTech - we installed their White Radiance Rail System along with Antigua Gold main decking with Antique Palm borders from TimberTech's Tropical Collection.

Here we are starting the was done earlier this year. Mucho frio. 

BadBook BadaBang - We painted the outer rim boards white and the support posts and beams brown as you can see. The flagstone landing looks fantastic. 

Our lead, Armando, taking a moment to assess progress and quality. 

We also installed a GFCI electrical outlet. 
The dark boards are Antique Palm, the lighter boards are Antigua Gold, both from TimberTech's Tropical Collection. 

A nice corner view of the three main products...White Radiance Rail System. 

In order for mortar to keep the flagstone together you have to pour a concrete base or otherwise the mortar will break easily. The concrete base prevents that. 

This looks nice....

But this looks AWESOME!!!

A safe deck requires the appropriate galvanized hardware and lots of it. 
This is thick 14 gauge joist hanger alone requires 10 structural screws. This is a great Simpson Strong-Tie product. 

A moment from our sponsor. 

Josue is installing regular joist hangers...each regular joist hanger requires TWELVE (12) structural screws. Both products from Simpson Strong-Tie. 

This is a galvanized 6x6 post base. It's bolted into the concrete and as you can see it has 4 structural screws each side (8 total). Notice the posts isn't touching the ground? The base sits 1/2" above grade to prevent sitting water from rotting the post. 

These little straps, called Hurricane Ties, are also a code requirement and need TEN structural screws each to secure them. 

Gone are the days where you secured stairs to 2x4's....these straps take about 15 structural screws each. These straps prevent the stairs from separating from the main deck. 

Coming together nicely....


Getting it done....

We love the contrast the two middle boards provide. 

You can see the middle Antique Palm boards next to Antigua Gold...nice subtle contrast. 

Thank you, thank very much.... 

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JOHNS CREEK: One vanity, one sink, one wall on the left.
We loved what the homeowner asked us to do...I thought it was cool. 

She asked us to eliminate the wall between the vanity and the toilet/tub room. 

From the tub here's the view with the vanity and wall removed from the left side.

Look close....we added plumbing for a second sink. The tile is a beautiful 12"x12" tile sheet but a pain in the requires extra attention because it's flimsy unlike a 12"x12" piece of tile.  

We installed new bead board with trim...looking nice

NICE!!! Tile looks great, all white with a bit of nostalgia with the floor tile. Nice sink and pedestal sink. 
All the tile came from Floor and Decor... ask for Carmen (Pro Services Roswell) and tell her Mario referred you. 

BAM!!! This looks really nice. Our homeonwer had a good vision and it turned out nice. We love it. This room is the kids bathroom and is perfect for the girls. 

The old tile with an inadequate substrate. 

So what did we do? Tore that sucker off...piece by piece!!

A view from the sink side...the far side

We're getting there....

Wow!!!!! This is a great looking bathroom in white. Kudos to the homeowner....totally different than what she had. 

No Way?!

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Among many things we also installed a recessed mounted TV outlet equipped with a power surge and tore down the existing mantle. 

And here you have it!! Yes, we did the stone work as well. 

Spray painting an occupied home is cumbersome but it can get done. The results are fantastic. 

The pictures don't do the work too much justice but as you can see it looks real nice. 

We repaired/touched up everywhere just about. 

The clients did a a great job selecting Dorian Gray (they used a flat washable premium paint from Sherwin Williams called Duration.)

Getting busy....

Looking good.....

We have to use a small tip sprayer to focus on the trim and to not waste the paint. ProClassic premium grade paint from Sherwin-Williams. 

The window cleaning took a little over day alone.  

We did the floors too but this post is all about the paint job.....

Duration paint goes on sooooo smooth and looks great when it dries. Did I mention it's a flat WASHABLE paint? 



The Kingest of Kong...Solid

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Simpson Strong-Tie Hardware - Cumming, GAWood Deck - Cumming, GAWood Deck - Cumming, GAAdonis, Armando and Josue...a.k.a The CrewCUMMING - If not the biggest, this is likely the highest double-decker with 3-season room deck we've ever built. Of course the pic on the left is the OLD deck....check out the story on this one. BTW the homeowners were absolutely great people. The best.

Here today gone tomorrow...actually this demo took us 3 long days to dismantle. The lumber wasn't in terrible condition but the entire deck lacked proper hardware to keep it together. The height was simply too dangerous to risk.

We love the features on Google she is on her way back up.

So the story begins with lots and lots of Simpson Strong-Tie hardware and structural screws to keep all this lumber together. To the right are joist hangers with 16 structural screws per joist hanger + the 6x6 top bases for the three 2x10 rim joists.

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I love this was a beautiful morning....

The top level as we build the 3-season sun-room that included a gorgeous bronze metal roof.

This will be a great sitting room....perfect to read and drink coffee. 

Our lead, Armando, installing custom-sized screens...bead board on the ceiling and walls.

The Original really felt like you had to walk the plank to go upstairs. The staircase was losing it's structural integrity and the fall was too high. 

The Proposed...we can cook AND do a little designing. 

The Almost Done....this new design kept the traffic "within" the deck which not only is structurally stronger but you feel safer walking the stairs. 

More Simpson Strong-Tie software...the only way to go. 

Safety first right?

Strong like bool....

All kidding aside, all our decks are built this way. We're serious about building them safe. 

This is technically what is called a "free-stadning" deck. The deck is connected to the dwelling but is supported by these 6x6 posts & 2-ply 2x10's

This looks really does. 

All done....the lower deck was approx a 12x40' deck

We pulled other team members to help on several days but for the most part it was Adonis, Armando and Josue that lead the way. 

A New Addition to the Family!

We are happy to announce that after 4 years in the Marine Corps., our son Jack has joined our team!! Jack will be leading our Outside Sales Dept. 

We invite you to visit our "About the Owners" section of our website to read more about Jack! 

Welcome aboard son!!

Tongue & Groovy Great Customer Service Cumming, GA

CUMMING: One of the biggest compliments we can receive is when our clients call us back for more work. This was about the 3rd or 4th time we've done work for this client and all it does it makes us want to do even a better job than last time. 

This time we were asked to install a tongue & groove ceiling. It wasn't easy.

Inside job is often pricey for several reasons and one of them is the prep work to be able to do the job. We had to protect the walls and floors, we had to move furniture as well. 

We didn't remove all the drywall but some in order to reinforce with additional lumber. 

Our lead, Jose, is giving some of the boards a little better aesthetic appeal. 

Some progress is fast, some is slow. Piece by Piece - over a week to get this done. 

I wish the pics would've turned out nicer because the ceiling certainly did. :) 

Bam! In person it's even more impressive. 

We get all of our tongue & groove pieces from #PMC Building Materials. Good service, good people. 

Stone Cold Crazy

ALPHARETTA: What in the world can be do with a bunch of rocks? You'd be surprised. 

This is the old look...plain, nothing especial. We were doing a lot of work on this home and had a great hunch that this portion of the project would look awesome. 

We're removing the old siding getting it ready for all those dumb stones.

We removed the old siding and foam, and installed new plywood, then black roofing paper, then special wire mesh to hold the mortar and stones.

Off we go one stone at a time. Yes, ONE stone at a time. 

         Time's three. :) 
         It's still a process.

Let me tell you it looks sharp. Really complements the beautiful deck we installed. 

Look how well it goes with the Tigerwood Decking from TimberTech Decking. 

It looks cozy, and warm like it was intended to do. 

Super Hot Fireplace Stones

ALPHARETTA: We always appreciate inside work and on this particular home we did a LOT of inside and outside work. 

We removed the drywall to install new 2x6's for eaiser and batter placement of the soon to be installed tv mount. We do this to prevent being at the installation mercy of the 2x4 studs.

We also opened the wall to have proper support for the 4x12 rough-sawn cedar mantle. We didn't want exposed support brackets because of our end vision. 

With the pre-work done we commenced the main scope of the project. The mantle is protected. 

BAM!! We installed new stones that will make a refreshing and drastic improvement to this living room. 

Buh-Bam! In goes the hearth. One beautiful 6' piece stone from the Stone Center of Georgia (Roswell) 

Wrapping up the last details but it's essentially done. 

  Looks great!!


ALPHARETTA: We're always extremely appreciative of referral business. Quite honestly it's because of referrals that we're able to stay in business. Comments like this one the left goes such a long way for all of us. 

We did quite a lot on this deck and it turned out nice!

We used AZEK railing system and TImberTech composite decking. Both great products with 25 year warranty's. We purchase all our decking materials from PMC Building Supplies. Rare is the occasion when something arrives damaged or missing. 

The old deck...lumber is nice but requires regular maintenance. Either painting or staining or replacing split or rotted wood. 

We installed "in-deck" lighting. 

The lights look really nice in the dark.

              Love this look.


                 The demo...

The old superstructure was there for years, we were concerned that the new composite would outlast the superstructure.

Forward progress. AZEK pvc post sleeves..

Nice Pecan border from TimberTech's Legacy collection.


Out with the viejo....

      In the the nuevo...

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