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No Rot Decking Makes a Safe and Long-Lasting Deck

When I was a kid visiting my grandparents’ house, I looked forward to the summer rain. It would wet the wooden walkways and d...

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Railing

Building Materials for Humid Climates: Powder-Coated Metal Railings

A few years ago, a friend of mine invited me down to Florida to catch grouper. It had been awhile since we’d seen each other...

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Decking

Choosing a Water-Resistant Composite Decking for Your Pool Deck

In the past few years, one of my not-so-infrequent jobs has been to perform renovations on poolside patio areas. Very often,...

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Railing

For the Best Fence for Your Front Yard, Choose a Versatile and Classic Look

A few years ago, I was working in an old historic neighborhood, tasked with giving an old colonial house some much-needed cur...

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Railing

How to Choose Decking for a Summer House That Doesn't Require Maintenance

While living in Europe, I had the great honor of contributing a little sweat equity to the upkeep of one of my friends’ summe...

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Barefoot-Friendly Decking: Make Your Deck a Splinter-Free Haven

A little while ago a friend of mine, who frequently hosts parties and loves going barefoot, built a massive deck that connect...

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Railing

Create an Open View with Glass Railings for Balconies

One of the ladies I used to work with owned a nice property on the water. It was a small apartment complex she inherited from...

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Railing

Modern Veranda Railing Ideas: Cable, Metal, and Glass Deck Railings

A client called me up recently to get some ideas for veranda railing design and decorative options. They had a beautiful home...

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Railing

Replacing Wood Deck Balusters With Metal Ones for an Easy Deck Refresh

Last weekend, I made an effort to get out to one of the local haunts around my city: a bar downtown whose gimmick is being on...

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Railing

Railings for Gazebos That Stand out from the Herd

Mention gazebos to the average person and it’s likely they’ll all picture the exact same thing. That may be because the major...

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Decking

Decking Material with Hidden Fasteners Gives Your Deck a Sleek and Modern Look

Delivering a beautifully finished look in a deck is always one of the core goals of my contracting work. This means taking gr...

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Decking

The Best Decking Material for the PNW Is Gorgeous and Rain Friendly

More than half of my career has been spent working in the Pacific Northwest. When it rains for nearly 9 months continuously,...

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Composite Decking That Looks Like Real Wood: The Best Looking Composite Decking

As a builder, many of my clients ask me to create decks for them that are as low maintenance as possible. With that in mind,...

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Decking

Ipe Wood Vs Composite Decking: Comparing Cost and Performance

Let’s say you’ve just purchased a home. Newly renovated kitchen? Check. Updated windows, frames, and trim? Check.  Tidy,...

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Railing

The Best Balcony Railing Designs Are Easy to Install and Offer Customization

Any developer, architect, or contractor knows that balconies are often something of an afterthought--they’re a selling point,...

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