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ALPHARETTA: 

It's really awesome when we get hired right next door the a project we just completed. Lucky us!








This was is/was on the market but had issues with the front portico. The leaky roof ruined the framing framing and finish wood.








We started out with just one piece and off we went until we saw a lot had to be replaced. 












If you have a portico this is likely what yours looks like or very similar to. 












And this is what a water leak does to the wood. No bueno. 














We installed a heavy-duty self-adhesive roof roll. 













Here's the pre-painted finished look. 










Like it absolutely, positively, never happened. :) 

It's the Nuts & Bolts...and the rest of the Details

ALPHARETTA: 
Without a doubt we're always, always grateful for referrals. EQUALLY is rewarding is when the neighbors stop by & visit with each other to see our work first hand. Yup, our work speaks for itself. 


We built a deck not far from this home earlier this year and got a call to help with this deck to your right. Long story short, the deck was strugglin' (mostly b/c it lacked the right wood connectors (hardware). 





We start our day as usual, checking the merchandise & product. That small pile is a complete 12'x20' deck. 







To the point: 
Galvanized 4x4 bases keep the stair railing posts off the ground to prevent rot from pooling water. Base is secured with a .5" wedge (concrete bolt) to the concrete & Simpson Strong-Tie Structural Screws




A 6x6 galvanized base is secured with a 5/8 wedge & Simpson Strong-Tie Structural Screws. 








The stair stringers are secured with "stringer straps" with approx 12 Simpson Strong-Tie structural screws. 







TWO (2) .5"x8 thru bolts, one two nuts and FOUR (4) washers secured the rail 4x4 post to the main deck frame. The adjustable 6x6 post cap & S S-T screws secure the post to the main frame. 

TWO corner railing posts with a small bracket to help prevent the posts from separating (you'll see it better in the pic below). Corner 6x6 brackets to secure the 6x6 posts to the main frame.





Bam!! It's only a dollar bracket but it prevents aesthetic and safety destruction. 









Check out ALL that hardware....2x10 galvanized joist hangers. Each is secured with SIX (6) 1.5" & FOUR 2.5" Simpson Strong-Tie STRUCTURAL screws. TEN structural screws per joist hanger. 

The details? 
How about only ONE 2x6 top hand rail per section? NO CUT PIECES. 










Better yet, how about ONLY ONE TWENTY FOOT BOARD per row? Check it out. One board per row, not cut pieces not "nail pops."






BEAUTIFUL!!

Once stained or painted, you can't even notice the hardware. 









The top 2x6 handrail AND the two 2x4 top & bottom rails (the boards where the balusters are nailed on) are also just ONE long board. This keeps the deck rigid and safer. 




Lot's of details in this otherwise kinda basic deck. 














No Business Like Repeat Business

JOHNS CREEK: 
We love being referred and we love it even more when our clients call us back for more help. 













Last year we were glad we helped these homeowners with a very small deck repair job. 









This month they called us again not sure if they needed a new deck or just more significant repairs. 








A new deck was not needed but the lower decking and stairs had to be replaced and then of course a new color made it feel completely new. :) 





Here's our homeowner taking notes.
Notice the slanted deck boards?









Our deck lead, Armando, wasn't a big fan of the 45 degree boards and recommended nicer longer boards in standard fashion. 






The look is much nicer and I always love when our Red, White, and Blue makes the pic. 










Believe it or not, the stairs were the bulk of the work (they always usually are). Stairs surprisingly always take a lot of labor AND lumber. 












But they sure look good!!!














Repeat..get it? 










Mr. Homeowner was happy with our work as well...












...and so was Mr. Itsmyhelper.com  

It's Just Family Business

ALPHARETTA: 
We're always, always grateful for the kind clients, friends and family that refer us on Nextdoor. 











We got a call from a new homeowner to build a new deck for his family and we were glad to have won the bid. 









Every now and then my rug rat(s) like to have a "Take Daddy to Work Day." Here we are at PMC Building Materials in East Cobb. 






This is a fairly new subdivision, but like many homes I've observed, people love the natural look of a new deck and never stain it until unfortunately it's too late to save the lumber. Click on this pick & see the handrails. 



Every now and then my big rug-rat(s) help and on this day my son, a U.S> Marine now going to school, drove our mule to drop off some materials. 







Bam! Click on the pick to see all the hardware we install to keep your deck together and safe. 









Notice the plywood on top of the 2x10 deck joist? That's our water proof deck cover system. It's starts with pressure treated plywood.







We then cover the plywood with granular roof rolls (same stuff used in roof valley's on your home). The stips you see provide .25" clearance for water run-off. 







We then install a gutter and downspout for water control.









And just like that you have a dry underneath. Guess what? You can install fans, recessed can lights AND a finished ceiling!!
(psst...look at the hardware holding the 2x10 joist hangers)





More hadware...each joist hanger has TEN structural screws. 











A great thing from code standards is to keep your expensive 6x6 support posts above-grade and resting on a galvanized post base with EIGHT structural screws. 





Yes folks, hardware makes all the structural difference. Many, many times it's not the lumber that gives but more so the connections. 








These are beautiful TWENTY FOOT premium deck boards. Yes, ONE board per row. No cut pieces. 









We use Sherwin Williams SuperDeck stain... great stuff. 











One board per row...love it. Same goes for the top handrails. ONE board that helps maintain structural integrity.  










Here she sits....new and beautiful. 

The Oasis

ROSWELL:

We really enjoyed the project below. We built a deck, a retaining wall, and fence. 








The home owner decided on TimberTech's Tropical Collection: Antigua Gold for the main deck and Antique Palm for the borders. This collection has a beautiful real wood grain look. One of my favorites. 






Here's the design the home owner approved. 











Notice the fence in the back ground? We built it too.









It's amazing how compact all the materials are when delivered. 








One of our concerns from the initial visit is how low the deck sits. Low-lying decks are actually more laborious and challenging than a normal height deck. 






We certainly did not want to build the frame directly on the ground. But we didn't want to excavate too much of the Earth (none of it really) because we didn't want to create an issue with pooling water. 




This is what happens when lumber lays on the ground. It appears that some joist rotted and the fix was to "sister" (sandwich) the joist but it really did nothing. 







This stuff was so brittle and done. 










We loved the tree...the home owner said it can't be killed. It will grow back. 









More rotted lumber.... no bueno










It never dies, so off it went this tree. 









It was more than we anticipated. 











Finally a clear work site for us to start to figure out how to build the frame. 








We end up resting the lumber on concrete footings very similar to regular builds but with out the 6x6 posts. 









We did some excavating and it created an extra day of work.










We couldn't use the 2x10's like we like so we doubled up on smaller dimension lumber and spaced the joists at every 12" on-center instead of the normal 16" on-center we usually do. 




]It turned out awesome - notice the square concrete footings? 











Great looking deck frames. 













Missed it by that much! 
This was a beast to deal with. 












Remember that fence? There is is in the back ground left. 











Oh, here's the retaining wall the homeowner added to the project. The ground didn't even seem that high but it created a lot of dirt and two more days of work. 






But it was certainly the right decision to make. Over time the ground would've likely eroded towards the beautiful new deck. 











Finally some decking is making on to the deck. We're a happy bunch when that happens. 












More progress...this pic shows the grey conduit & junction boxes we use for the lights. 











Coming together nice. 












Back to the Future











It don't get no betta...you betta, you betta, you bet.









Simply beautiful...the pergola posts are 4x4 posts with COMPOSITE POST SLEEVES. Not only does it look great, but the posts never have to be painted. 












Can't wait for the tree to grow back,  











Almost done...












Here you have it...done with riser lights and post lights as well. We're proud of this job. 

On Lake Lanier

LAKE LANIER: 
Some jobs we enjoy more than others, particularly on warm sunny lake days. HeeHee









We build a lot of decks with these folks....great products, awesome warranty's (30 years), better people. 





This was truly a unique build for us because we don't like waste. Particularly at $4.69 LF. As usual we designed the deck to maximize every LF and it's why you see sections. The product comes in 12', 16', & 20'.






Another main goal was to maximize the view for obvious reasons. 








The railing system was too robust for this view. 
The problem was that the 6x6 rail posts were part of the actual support posts (more on this down the scroll).








There was a screened in room that also required too many 4x6 posts. which further obstructed the view. 








Here was an early design but we still weren't too happy with keeping the 6x6 rail posts. 







So we said, "the heck with these posts!" Actually the home owner said it and we concurred. :)










We did a couple of things. We cut off the 6x6 posts....








...and we replaced the 2x10 outer rim joists. Why? They were too old and badly weathered. New 2x10's will not only extend the life of the support structure....






...but are better suited for new primer and paint. Old wood doesn't hold paint/stain well at all. 











This was a nice screened in room but it came a premium to the view. 










From way too many posts to two 6x6 posts.











Take a close look at the cut pieces. We left inches where poor design would leave feet per board on the floor. 











The decking turned out great. 
So what did we use? 
From AZEK's Vintage Collection the homeowner selected Cypress PVC main decking complemented with Mahogany borders. Nice!






The old deck










The homeowner is a hands on persona and really did a good job maintaining the wood deck. 











But as wood becomes obsolete for these applications (decks)....








The homeowner will never have to spend stain money, nor will he have to worry about wood rot or split. AZEK comes with a 30 year fade & stain warranty. On the lake that means everything just about. 









      Muy Nice
















Before












During 













Getting it done













Looking awesome. 















TimberTech All The Way


BROOKHAVEN: 

There is no better professional feeling than someone important to your success choosing you for their home improvements. 
Yes, it's a BIG deal for us. 






It's no secret that we're big supporters of TimberTech and AZEK products. Great products, better people. 







The old wood deck...it did a good job but wood for these these applications is almost becoming obsolete. 









The hot tub is still still cool. All we usually see are the old tubs; hopefully they've been modernized because rare is the occasion that people want to keep them.  









So we demo'd the old deck and before we move forward on the build we have to install new flashing so several reasons. 










Bare Naked Decks










BAM!! Awesome,,,,Pecan decking from TimberTech's Legacy Collection with Mocha Borders (Legacy Collection). 







The railing system is TimberTech Radiance Rails (all composite) - no painting, no splintering...













...just a bunch of LIGHTS!!












But seriously a well built deck is often determined by how well it holds up. 

Most of time when I inspect a deck it's the connections (the nails, the old way of nailing a deck together) that fail before the actual lumber does. 

We use Simpson Strong-Tie Structural Screws (#9's) as you'll see below. 





Here we're using Simpson Strong-Tie  heavy duty "triple-concealed joist hangers" with SS-T # 9's to connect the deck joist to the deck ledger board. 






These are also SS-T "hurricane ties" that keep the deck joists connected to the deck beam to prevent strong winds from lifting the main deck. Each hurricane tie has TEN (10) SS-T structural screws. We use easily 500+ screws per avg size deck build. 


Yes, it's all in the fasteners AND hardware. We don't do the old "toe nailing" system to connect wood. This is a "double shear" joist hanger with TWELVE (12) SS-T #9's. 





6x6 support posts no longer get buried into the ground. They sit on 6x6 galvanized bases above grade to prevent rot. The 6x6 post and base rest (secured with a 5/8 wedge screw) on these concrete footings.




Notice the hardware on the stair stringers. Glavnized and secured with a total of TWENTY (20) SS-T #9's. 









Get it done...















Composite Decking - Bam!
Composite Railing - Bam!
Post Cap Lights - Bam!
Riser Lights - Bam!
Flagstone Landing - Bada Bing!

















It's sooo much nicer in person....


















The Before















The During











The Almost Done












The Done












The Bam Bam!!

The Premier

ALPHARETTA: 
We appreciate our relationship with AZEK/TimberTech very much and work well together. We were grateful to have been part of this project.







This beautiful home needed an awesome deck to complement it. What we built below certainly does. 







Out with the old. The deck was out of code but most troubling was that the 6x6 support posts rested on above-ground concrete footings like the ones you can purchase at Home Depot. Big no-no.







Here's our new framing with temporary support posts. 








BAM! This here is a beautiful deck. We also replaced the support posts for the sun-room and in fact added a middle post.








Turns out the above-grade concrete blocks sat on concrete footings (likely a new construction decision). We put rebar to ensure our concrete pour/footings wouldn't shift. 







We use 3000 psi concrete and forming tubes for our footings. 








As you can see the new deck has a nice angled overhang which now allows for a nicer view. The back yard is is very very nice. 







If you don't see a lot of hardware on your deck or other decks it's likely not to code nor build strong. We use TEN Simpson Strong-Tie structural screws per joist hanger.






In this image we also used a triple concealed heavy duty joist hanger for load purposes. We know what order and why we need it. 










Footings look great as does the framing. 











Framing from the Top













BAM!! Notice the little riser lights on the steps? Looks great. 








The homeowners actually did a very good job maintaining the original deck. But as you can see it was a tiny bit tight. 










The overhang makes a spacious difference. 








The black Premier Railing with Ashwood decking from TimberTech's Legacy collection makes ALL the difference. 









We added post lights on each 5.5"x5.5" posts. Each post also has a black skirt on the bottom for a great finished look. 








Looks awesome. 

The Cadillac of Great Products

GAINESVILLE: We thoroughly enjoy working with the following two products. I would like to add that the homeowners were exceptionally specific in what they wanted but even more exceptional as people. Simple great folks. 



To start with the homeowners selected Dark Hickory decking from AZEK top of the line Vintage Collection. AZEK in general makes the best PVC products, their decking is also PVC. 


Feeney is the Cadillac of Cable Rail systems. In fact, Feeney provides the 316 all aluminum cable wires for AZEK. 








The Feeney post, among other components, is what keeps them above all others.  The walls of the posts are thicker than any other manufacturer. This is important because from the taught cable wires can often bend posts. 
















We did not build this deck, however, this system is the same as what we installed for our homeowner. The perfect railing system to support the view. 








We had to special order the Feeney DesignRail to accomodate the existing deck measurements on this very fairly new home. 








We met with the homeowners in September as the more I look at the railing system today the more obstructive I see it. 












It wasn't hot when we started but I wish it would've been a lot warmer.....






Here's the finished product from ground view. We're going to paint the wood framing, yes paint, not stain. First we're going to apply primer to all the lumber. The prmier will stick on that wood and never let go (protective coating # 1). Then we'll paint it b/c paint last a lot longer than stain. We don't want the product to outlast the framing.




The details. We installed additional blocking underneath the posts for proper and safe support. We installed a double-border with 45 degree corners. 







Doesn't this look awesome? The best. 













It takes careful installation for each 316 grade aluminum cable wire. 









This cable system really looks soooo much richer/elegant in person. I tried my best with the pics. 







Notice there's only ONE board per row? We don't like cut/staggered pieces. We ordered 20' long boards. Notice the screws? Nope b/c we used a "hidden-fastening" system to secure the boards. No nail pops...haha









Here's the completed view. We jacked-up the roof a little to install the PVD deck boards under the columns. ;)














The look when we arrived. 










The improvement when we left. 













This railing was really to thick...











Doesn't this look better? 












US Marine Sgt Boles helping dad (me) on some job visits. 










Here's what the deck looks like now. 











It don't get no betta...you betta you betta you bet.

We're Not in Kansas Anymore...

GAINESVILLE: This project I believe is our 1st Gainesville project but before we knew we have two more...they really come in three's I suppose. Cresswind is 55 and over retirement community. The interior designs are awesome and spacious. 



Our homeowners were moving from Chicago and wanted to expand the current decks footprint and upgrade from wood to PVC decking and aluminum railing in addition to a couple of other things. 




The rendering above and the following is what we proposed and the homeowners approved. To the left is the new deck we were connecting to the existing deck. 









We love this view...








One very interesting challenge for us for levering the space under the stairs by converting to a "water-proof" utility room. We thought that was an awesome request from the homeowner & forward we charged!






This is what we had to work with but the vision was there. 







One of the very first things we noticed during our initial visit was the excessive amount of support posts. It didn't take long to realize that we were looking at TWO decks. Not sure why but that's how they were built. 




The disappointment is that there are way too many posts in the space. 
It took some ingenuity in removing just the inside of the deck framing considering there was a roof on top. 





What did we do about? #1: We replaced the 8' long deck joists with 16' long deck joists
#2: By replacing the short deck joists we eliminated the need for a center beam which made the center row of 6x6 posts obsolete. Click on the pic to enlarge view.



This was the original deck and in the background is Mac (our local AZEK/TimberTEch rep - our composite deck & PVC guy). One great advantage for us is having Mac not far from us. 






What you see here isn't composite decking. It's AZEK's capped polymer porch boards (pvc) made with a tongue & groove design for a tight fit. Includes a 30 year warranty that extends to fade & stain as well. AZEK - the Caddilac of PVC products.





Click our PayDirt blog to see all we did on this 10" slab. It's a process. 
(Blogs is under Concrete & Masonry)





After we pour the concrete and water the slab for a few days we built the framing for the new deck. (Need to be off the slab for a few days for it to cure correctly AND need to water it to prevent/minimize future cracking)



This is a huge picture moment here. Notice there's only ONE board per row? We don't like cut/staggered boards AND we don't like to waste materials. During our deign phase we made sure to build the framing to accomodate the 20'ers & 16'ers w/<1' waster per board. 

What you see are actual PVC deck boards. This Island Oak from AZEK's Harvest Collection (the porch boards were the same color). PVC boards cool off a lot quicker than traditional wood composite boards. They're much light too. 

 


This is what the side view looked like during our initial visit. The clients were very, very specific in what they wanted. The more we talk the better we can align expectations. 








Birds -eye view...the slab is done, the beams and posts to the left (these homes do not have traditional house bands & therefore decks are built "free-standing."





Here you can see a little overhang from the boards (the waste) and that's only b/c the 20'ers and and stairs forced some adjustments. But as I've mentioned, the waste was minimal. 







Now we're cooking. The aluminum railing comes from Fortress. Nice and easy to work with. 











Back to the Future...here's the original deck again. 












But this is what I wanted to show again. These nice 16' deck joists. It took two days just to replace the inside framing but we did it. 








This is what all our hard work looks like when we're almost done. 







This leads us to our most challenging phase of the project. 
Stairs are usually the most expensive piece of the framing pie. They require 2x12's while the rest of the deck is built with 2x10's. Landings have to be built like mini-decks per code. Labor is extensive b/c we cut the stringers on site. 






But once they start to come together they look nice. When we build with composite or PVC we like to build each stair tread with borders. A little more waste than desired but it sure looks great because every edge has a factory edge.










Here it is coming together. 










Beautiful. There are lights on the each post top. 









I didn't get to further elaborate on our most interesting challenge, it wasn't building stairs. It was making a WATER-PROOF utility room. It turned out awesome. Also installed a light & light switch for the inside. 



We built the barn-door on site, purchase the hardware from Home Depot and built the framing and plywood with pressure treated lumber for exterior use. 







Notice the lights on the pot tops AND stair treads? Looks great. 
We also installed AZEK fascia boards for aesthetics and to protect the 2x10 rim joists. 







We almost done at this point, doing some clean-up and punch-list items. The lights look great. 







Check out the utility room...looks like it's part of the home. We have a lot of siding experience as well. We installed JamesHardie fiber cement lap siding, & trim. We installed the motion-sensing light. 
#azek #fortress #decks #concreteslabs #compositedecks

It's Not the Wood, It's the Hardware (Among Other Things)

ALPHARETTA: If we haven't mentioned it before we'd like to take this moment to do so now: Thank you to everyone that refers us thru Nextdoor. We sincerely appreciate it. 









if you've never noticed this entrance we understand why, it's on a main road but the sign is small. However, it's a very established Alpharetta neighborhood, among the many new ones that populate our city. 




Which leads us to our project...the inside of this deck really had a lot of character. We loved how the homeowner had it decked out...haha 






We believe whomever built this was not a a daily deck builder (primarily because of the undersized lumber that was used to build it, among a few other observations), however, our hats are off to him/her/them for some good creativity (more on this down the scroll)



To the left is what we proposed to the homeowner, The posts supporting the upper deck were upgraded to 6x6's instead of 4x4's (among other improvements...haha)






Sponsorship Pause:

Coffee First. Everything Else. Second.
              Peet's Coffee
#peetscoffee




It was cold when we started but August when we first met the homeowner. The deck was struggling as was the french doors to the left. That's my son, Sgt. Boles, U.S. Marine, with a 4 year Honorable Discharge.





Yes, we also replace french doors...take note of the roofing materials on the bottom right. We're making the deck water proof for the deck below.






There wasn't anything wrong with the previous roof design per se, however, the deck joist were only 2x6's (inferior for a deck build) and what we particularly do not like is that the design catches/traps debris which can keep water pooled. Repairing this is almost impossible. 
The decking was nailed instead of screwed. 


(above) The substrate (plywood) is under the deck joists which means you'd have to take everything apart to fix it (hence our project). (right - not this deck). We pitch the deck framing about a .25", we install pressure treated plywood on top of the deck joists, roll heavy duty roofing rolls, and install pressure treated strips that allow .25" of height for the water to run off. 

(continued) You can see the roof rolls on the main decking as Adonis (yes, we have are very own) works on replacing the french doors. 
IF the roof leaks, you unscrew the decking, replace the roof rolls and reinstall the decking.



Here's the beefier framing....6x6 support posts, 2x10 deck joists for the top deck, 2x8's for the bottom deck (code allows both due to the short span (only 8') and particularly since the bottom deck was extremely low.




HARDWARE: You can enlarge the pics by clicking on them. When you do you'll see the galvanized joist hangers that support the deck joists. (Note to Self: Check out the middle short 2x10 "blocks")




Each joist hanger has TEN Simpson Strong-Tie STRUCTURAL SCREWS. Six of them are 1.5" that connect to the deck fame. Four of them are 2.5" long that cross into the deck joist that ALSO connect to the deck frame. It's the details that matter. 



It's the details (these wood connectors) that keep your deck together for years and years. Most of the decks we inspect need replacing not because of the lumber failing but because of old-style nailing that over time fail.




To the right are the details our renderings illustrate when we discuss the project with our homeowners. 








To the left is the real thing.  Galvanized "concealed" joist hangers specifically for corners. 
#simpsonstrong-tie









This cute old deck sat on concrete blacks. A big no-no.







(left) Footers must be dug at least 12" deep or until "virgin" soil is reached. We pour 3000 psi concrete & place a 6x6 galvanized base that keeps the 6x6 support posts .5" high to prevent water from poolig...in addition to the concrete being above-grade.




We used the same 6x6 galvanized bases to support the 6x6's supporting the upper deck. 









You can see the hardware int he rendering we provided to the homeowner.












Click on this pic to see the hardware installed. 










This pic doesn't due the character of the old deck any justice but take my word for it, it was really cool (except for the lazy fans, they hung around a little too long).





Wait! What's this? BAM! It's a new dog-gone deck. 
Note to Self: There are two sets of screens (top and bottom). Why? They're smaller and easier for the homeowner to replace should they tear. AND since the screens are screwed in they can be easily removed.



Wait! What's this?!! It's called beautifulness. We don't like staggered/cut planks. Each side has 12' boards . Remember those short 2x10 "blocks" from earlier? They're the boards that support these perpendicular planks. 







Nice small deck with even nicer 45 degree corners and boarders. 








The old decking was no-bueno. It was rough. 








We wanted to build a reasonably priced water-proof dual deck but at the same time durable. 
For started, if you can find a reason (color) to use paint it'll serve you best as paint always outlast stains. We're going with white Sherwin Williams SuperPaint (don't go cheap on the paint).


We installed aluminum squared balusters (we're kinda over the round-ones) in-lieu of wood balusters for long-term duration and no maintenance. The decking will be Sherwin Williams SuperDeck SOLID stain b/c it outlasts the semi-stuff. 


The rail posts sleeves are of composite from TimeberTeck's Radiance Rail collection. 25 year warranty. No need to ever paint them. Notice the black hardware? Dual purpose...they're elegant but most importantly they secure correctly to the wood posts inside the composite post sleeves.





The Old from the Far Side











The New from The View












Too dark... 










With us you can see what you'r new deck will look like before you spend money. 












Our crew lead, Armando, getting ready to install the gutters. 








The door is of PVC or vinyl...will never rot, light weight and durable. We decided to push the painting to the spring. We're going to remove all the screens, PRIME all the wood so the paint can really stick to the lumber. 
#timbertech #decks #compositedcks













Please Believe Me...The River Told Me

MARIETTA:

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. 

You Design & We'll Build It

ROSWELL, GA:



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. 












Good...













Better....











Best!

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 neighborhoods....you'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.....












Golden...

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. 
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#TimberTech
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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 lights.....no 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.










Because....BAM!










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











And look how nice it turned out!!












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DURING












         AFTER













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DURING













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

Simply Beautiful....I'm Serious

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itsmyhelper.com - TimberTech Deck Buildersitsmyhelper.com - TimberTech Deck Buildersitsmyhelper.com - TimberTech Deck BuildersDUNWOODY: Well this isn't beautiful. In fact, I was shocked to see how this 2x10 joist (one of the boards that supports the decking) crumbled in my hands. From standing on the deck I would've never guessed how deteriorated the framing was. It was all bad. 




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 project...it 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....















CHA-CHING!!!














Getting it done....














AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL
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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#AZEK
#Torical Collection
#Antigua Gold
#Antique Palm
#Radiance Rail
#Simpson Strong-Tie
#PMC Building Supplies
#Stone Center of Georgia Roswell


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 Photos....here 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 pic...it 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 deck...it 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 great...it 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. 

TIMBERTECH & AZEK Decks







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.













Bam!












                 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.












                   Finito....












Out with the viejo....











     
      In the the nuevo...


Home Inspection Failure

JOHNS CREEK: We get calls from time to time about deck not passing home inspections. This particular deck had a nice looking railing system but the post were installed directly on top of the decking and secured only with nails. No way can nails hold the posts secured.






The new posts are on the side and held in place by two .5"x7" thru bolts(current code standards. The knee bracing is another code requirement. 






Again, nice looking railing system, just flawed at the posts. 










To make things worse the sellers just had the railing system installed and the deck stained. 







Notice two posts at the corner...a code requirement but also a smart requirement because it makes all the difference in the world. 
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