This low maintenance was the second project we did for this customer in Herndon Virginia. The project included an altered hip roof, skylights and a TV mounted inside of the porch.
We built this outdoor living space in Ashburn Virginia. We used Timbertech decking and the Trex Transcend railing. The deck with the landscaping and patio look beautiful.
We built this open porch for a repeat customer in Leesburg Virginia. The porch was added to offer protection from the sun and in preparation for a future pool and patio. The roof support posts and trim are low maintenance PVC and the extended soffit offers a covered area for grilling.
We completed this project for a repeat customer in the Brambleton community of Loudoun County Virginia. We first installed the flagstone patio, stepper walkway and spiral stairs. Later they called us back to replace their wood decking with low maintenance Azek decking. At that time we installed the Trex Rain Escape under deck drainage system with a PVC beaded ceiling including a ceiling fan and recessed lighting. The support posts and deck band were wrapped with PVC. The installation of the hot tub included a garden stepper walkway.
This deck and patio is in Reston Virginia. The deck was built using a treated glulam beam to minimize the number of support posts below the deck. We used low maintenance Clubhouse decking for both the floor and rail cap. To take advantage of the view the railing included Deckorator aluminum balusters. The multilevel patio includes a hot tub, and retaining walls to increase the size of the outdoor living space. The garden stepper walkways connect the area to the front yard and to the park area behind the home.
We build this low maintenance deck in the Willowsford Community in Loudoun County Virginia. We used Fiberon Horizons decking and the Trex Transcend railing. The patio under the deck stays dry because of the Trex Rain Escape under deck drainage system. The low maintenance beaded ceiling includes three ceiling fans.
We all know that cost is a driving factor when making decisions regarding home improvements -- it’s tempting to choose the lowest bidder. However, that bid may not be coming from a licensed, professional contractor. There are several things you, as a homeowner, should be aware of before deciding to go that route. The risks of possible safety, financial and legal issues far outweigh any benefits a low bid may appear to offer.
In most areas, a license is required to perform residential construction. There are fees involved, tests to take and insurance requirements. Without a license, a company is not able to obtain permits. Permits are designed to ensure decks and other structures are built safely and in conformance with building codes. They basically protect you, the homeowner. Decks built without permits become real problems when it comes time to sell the house. When a home inspector lists an improvement as “non-permitted”, the value of the home is negatively affected.
Insurance is another important factor and is a requirement in most states for obtaining a license. Its purpose isn’t to just protect the contractor – it also protects you. Liability insurance covers damage or accidents caused by the contractor and covers products and workmanship after the project is completed. If you choose a company that doesn’t have this protection, then you, as the hiring party, would be responsible for any damage. Workmen’s compensation insurance covers injuries to workers on the job. If you contract with a company or individual who doesn’t have this coverage and an accident occurs, you are likely to be responsible for the related costs.
Professional deck builders are experts in deck-related products. Deck building requires particular skills in construction methods, as well as knowledge of the many different products available. Unlicensed contractors often don’t specialize and don’t have this expertise. The wrong combination of building products could land your new deck on the ground! In addition, many deck products come with warranties that are void if the installation instructions are not followed, or if purchase receipts or documentation are not kept by the contractor. Can you trust that an unlicensed contractor will hold onto this documentation and be able to retrieve it for you down the road?
I guess the most important question you need to ask is, “is it really worth it?” By choosing an unlicensed contractor you are exposing yourself to great risk.
Woodscape Construction is a class A licensed deck builder that has been serving the DC metro-area for over a decade. Our design professionals and carpenters are up-to-date on the latest code requirements. A full range of general liability, as well as workmen’s compensation insurance, is held.
Gone are the days of the simple wood deck furnished with plastic fold-up chairs. Decks of today are now outdoor living rooms with comfortable seating, cooking appliances, outdoor fireplaces, and built-in bars. Building a deck, however, can be a very extensive project and should be well thought out and planned. Following are some things to consider before you begin the design process.
The Purpose of Your Deck
A well designed deck should be an expression of how you live. It should look like an extension of your house with its style, size and decorative details matching your taste and fitting the way you and your family live. Your deck should complement its environment and blend well with your home and the natural elements that surround it. A truly attractive deck design is one that blends well with your existing home and landscape.
When determining how large your deck should be, consider all of the activities you want to take place on it. Remember, in addition to needing enough room for the activity itself, you’ll also need to think about the traffic flow through and around the area, and the furniture you plan to use. One helpful way to determine the size is to mark out the space on your grass using a hose, string line or marking paint. This will give you a genuine feel for the space.
There are many different materials available. Some homeowners opt for stained or sealed wood. However, if low maintenance is the route you wish to take, there are excellent composite and vinyl options that are resistant to warping and rotting.
To maximize the amount of use your deck gets, you must consider the direction your house and backyard faces. If your deck faces the sun, you may need to think about how you will get shade. Incorporating a pergola or other shade structure into your design will enhance your enjoyment on sunny, hot days. You may also want to consider a design that maximizes privacy from neighbors.
A well-designed outdoor space will give your home extra desirability.
It's almost summer, which means it's time to entertain guests outdoors! We specialize in the design and construction of Decks, Patios, Screened Porches and Gazebos. We have been a leader in the Outdoor Home Improvement industry for over a decade. Our teams of professional carpenters, many of whom have been with the firm since its inception, bring years of experience and knowledge to each job. With a wide range of products available, our designers work with customers to develop and tailor plans that are affordable, functional and aesthetic. We are very proud of our reputation and are happy to provide references.
We invite you to browse through our portfolio of decks, porches, sunrooms, gazebos, patios, walls and walkways. As you peruse these photos, please note that our projects include new construction, as well as renovation to existing structures!
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A deck, porch or patio creates space for barbecuing, dining, sunbathing, playing or simply enjoying nature. The most important part in designing your project is the planning phase.
A few factors worth considering are:
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Spring will be here before you know it. Soon you’ll be bringing out your patio furniture and planning barbeques and outdoor parties for your friends and family.
But will your deck be ready? Whether your deck is constructed of wood, composite or vinyl, the harsh effects of winter can wreak havoc on your outdoor space. Early spring is the perfect time to revitalize … consider it an item on your “spring cleaning” list. A careful visual inspection is the first step. Start from the bottom and work your way up to the highest place. You’ll want to tighten any loose boards and hammer exposed nails. Boards that have split should be replaced. Loose handrails, decking or steps will need to be fixed.
Next you’ll want to address your deck’s cosmetic appearance. A cleaning solution can be used to remove mold and mildew that has built up over the winter. Your local home improvement store will have an array of products from which to choose. It is imperative that instructions are carefully followed, as damage can occur if the wrong chemicals are used or if a product is left on for too long a period of time. If your deck is in need of a more thorough cleaning, you may want to consider power washing it. Again, great care must be taken to avoid wood damage.
Some other great things to help spruce up your deck is replacing old lighting, adding new furniture and cushions, and filling plant boxes and flower pots with beautiful plants and colorful flowers.
Making outdoor improvements is a more popular trend for homeowners now than ever before! Instead of expanding the interior footprint of their homes, many are choosing to expand the footprints of their decks instead. Homeowners are finished with remodeling the inside of their homes … they’re ready to spend more time enjoying their backyards. Like interior renovation,outdoor construction projects expand total living space while increasing home value. By choosing to expand on the exterior, people are more able to engage recreationally with their families, their yards and their neighbors.
An important question to consider when designing a deck is how to make the outdoor living space more desirable and entertainment ready. Many are opting for outdoor kitchens, fire pits and hot tubs. Multilevel decks with dining areas on one level, and seating areas on another are popular trends.
Creative deck designs always utilize the maximum amount of space in the yard. And shouldn’t a homeowner want to use as much of their yard as possible, given the amount of money paid for every inch of it?
This multilevel deck came out great. We used Timbertech decking and Fortress Iron railing with an accent panel. The upper deck also included a DrySnap under deck drainage system to keep the area dry below it.
This project is in Leesburg Virginia. We added an open porch to an existing deck which was not usable on sunny days because of the heat. We used Timbertech decking and Fortress Iron railing. The homeowner was thrilled with the finish details.