There's a an old saying "Why pay someone else to do something when I can do it myself?". This questions is asked by thousands of homeowners every year in relation to their deck. It's one thing to have some cracked deck boards that need replacing or a loose handrail, but what about when you have a deck that is unsafe and needs to come down and re-build a new one. Is this a project you can do yourself? Let's look at a few factors to consider when building a deck yourself.
Starting a home renovation project can be a daunting task and one that is very time consuming. You will likely meet with several different contractors and visit multiple vendors to get ideas and research what materials you may want to use. Depending on the type of project you need to be done, you may need to work with designers or architects, but it usually starts with getting some ideas and budgets from a speciality contractor. While a lot can happen over the phone, email and internet, eventually you will want to meet with someone face to face.
Follow these guidelines below to make good use of your time and make sure you are prepared when you finally have a face to face meeting with a contractor.
With spring time almost in full bloom in most parts of the country, many of us are ready to trade in the coat and winter boots for shorts and flip flops, which means we are ready to go outside. And outside is the place to be these days with outdoor living spaces being the trend in most homes. By creating an outdoor living space with either a deck, porch or patio you increase the living space of your home by using the outdoors. Whether it is sipping on ice tea on the porch or using the space for grilling and entertaining, you need an place outdoors to do it. Below are some of the top trends for 2014.
Spring is around the corner and that means that as the temperature increases, so will the amount of time you will want to spend outside. When you walk outside on your deck, do you see an inviting space that is ready for your next BBQ? If your like most people your deck is need of a little TLC. Below we have outlined a few simple steps to point you in the right direction on how to make your deck safer and more enjoyable.
Local deck builder wins best of award
Source: Decksouth Dated: Jan. 08, 2014
Kudzu has awarded local deck, porch and patio builder Decksouth with second straight Best of Award.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Decksouth Awarded Best of 2013 on Kudzu Voted by the Kudzu Community as a Top Atlanta Deck Builder
Alpharetta, GA – December 10, 2013 – Decksouth was named a Best of 2013 winner for Atlanta Deck and Porch builders on Kudzu.com, a leading source for local business information and consumer reviews.
Over 5 million local businesses competed across a wide range of categories including home, auto, health and professional services. Winners were determined based on thousands of votes from consumers in the Atlanta Kudzu community. Decksouth received the top honor and will be recognized with a Best of 2013 badge displayed on their Kudzu business listing page.
Decksouth builds high quality custom Decks, Porches and Patios with a specialty in low maintenance projects that stand the test of time. This is achieved through structures that start with a new design for a transformation of the customer’s backyard.
“We are proud that our customers have voted us as one of the best deck builders in Atlanta. It is the best recognition that we can receive as company to be recommended by our customers. Winning this award confirms that we are doing the right thing as we aim to transform backyards in Atlanta into outdoor living spaces.” - John Lea (Founder of Decksouth)
Decksouth is one Atlanta’s premier custom Deck, Porch and patio builders with over 16 years of experience in the market and over 2000 projects to date. From the beginning, Decksouth has combined Old World craftsmanship and attention to detail with forward-thinking technology. We pioneered the use of non-wood composite decking, for example, and introduced Brazilian hardwoods such as Garapa and IPE into the Atlanta market as early as 2001. Our knowledge of the latest technology creates more choices, so we can select the exact product that meets the specific functional and aesthetic needs of each customer.
Because building a deck is more than just “adding on.” It’s about creating timeless beauty and lasting value for your home. That’s the reason we first listen closely to your ideas and desires. Then, utilizing their years of in-depth experience, they transform your dreams into a work of art, building a structure that seamlessly matches and enhances your home’s architectural character.
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Georgia has recently adopted the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) making it one of the first states to do so around the country. This change in the Georgia deck codes will be enforced staring in January of 2013 on all new deck constructions and will have a major impact on how decks are built moving forward.
One thing we can always count on in the South is hot summers. These homeowners in Cumming, GA wanted to beat the heat with a covered porch and a new patio. With a house on a slab an extended patio made perfect sense to compliment the new space. The porch features PVC wrapped columns which are very low maintenance and a gable roof with a vaulted ceiling. The stained ceiling adds a nice outdoor feel to the space and the extended ceiling fan helps to make sure air is always flowing. By paying close attention to the details on the house we can make sure that for years to come this porch will look like it has always been there.
Most of the country is getting ready to say "Happy Birthday America" with backyard BBQ's, a 5K road race or spending time with family, but when mother nature has other plans for outdoor activities many times you have to adjust. With 3-5" of rain expected for most of the Southeastern United States, everyone at Decksouth has come up with a few ideas to help make your own "fireworks" even if they won't stay lit.