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how long average deck lasts

How long is a rope? How long will a deck last?– That depends on how it is built!   How Long Does the Average Deck Last? One deck will be dangerous from day 1, another will be trouble free for 50 years.  The average Pressure Treated or Red Cedar deck lasts about 15-20 years…(Read More)

Are decks commodity or art

What is your best price for a Deck? How much are your decks per square foot? I am collecting quotes for building a deck–How much is a 20 x 20? These statements seem inocuous but every time I hear it I cringe.  What I hear is, “What you do is a commodity, and I…(Read More)

How much does it cost to build a deck? per square foot price for decking installation, estimate for a deck job

How Much does it cost to Build a Deck Labor Included 2018? Everyone asks how much does it cost to build a deck? What is the real cost of decks? What is a reasonable price to pay?  Can you separate out the Labor? Most people believe that decks are all the same and there is…(Read More)

carpenter working- glass rails

The Value of Tradespeople–A Moving Target What are trades worth? The worth of tradespeople is not top of mind. We think about it the moment we need something done. We quickly jump to “how much will I have to spend–and how can I minimize it”.  This need to minimize what we pay is…(Read More)

deck inspections stairs flawed fail

Top 10 reasons to avoid low bid home improvements. When a home improvement contractor is offering the low bid for anything, the first question that should enter your head is WHY?  Kitchens, Baths and decks and additions are a complex and specialized job to do. Many things need to be planned, designed and a team…(Read More)

changing a wood deck to composite

Should we change this wood deck to composite? We are thinking of changing this old wood deck to composite, how much will it cost?  Ok, slow down there. We hear this question more and more these days. Since the EPA banned a few chemicals from exterior stain, none of the stains work very well. That…(Read More)

Curves are a popular feature for decks in Mississauga

Decks: Top 12 features included in the best decks for long-term value! 1. Better footings Building the best deck you can on concrete plugs makes no sense at all. How do you know how strong the soil below that concrete is? Will moisture run through the ground cause that footing to shift? Was there…(Read More)

Garden Structures, DIY pergola plans, arbor plans, fence instructions and privacy screen plans.

Pergola Plans and Designs Pergola plans and Pergola designs for professional builders and DIY weekend builders. We are builders that happen to design pergolas better than Landscape Architects. These are our stock plans that will walk you through building pergolas in the DIY versions. The professional plans will give you all the information that professional…(Read More)

Deck with hot tub

Water Stone and Earth — an outdoor living area inspired by a Chinese Temple. Deck, trellis, fence, gates and granite patio with hot tub to welcome this couple’s parents to their renovated home in Etobicoke Ontario.            Arrange a Design Consultation                        …(Read More)

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