Learn How Our Deck Builders can Customize Your New Deck

deck buildersStaying at home can get monotonous, especially if you are used to getting out of the house during the summer. A custom deck or porch can add to your usable living space in a fun new way. Imagine drinks on the deck with your spouse or enjoying time outside with your kids. Here at Structurally Speaking, our team of deck builders can create the custom enclosed porch or deck of your dreams. Let’s take a look at exactly how you can customize your outdoor living space.

Decking Materials to Fit Your Home’s Style

When you picture your new deck in your mind, what is it made from? Most people would say wood, but we have several material options to fit your aesthetics and budget.

No one material is better than others. That’s why every deck project we complete starts with a consultation. We’ll talk about your vision and lifestyle. Then, we’ll design options with the materials that will work best. Before our team of deck builders gets to work, we’ll make sure you are 100% happy with the color, maintenance needs, and style of the deck materials you choose.

Pressure-treated wood and composite decking are two of the more traditional deck materials. However, our team also can use stainless and aluminum options or discuss other materials with you as well. Wood options can be stained or painted, based on the look you want and the level of upkeep you want to do in the future.

In short, the best way to learn about deck material options is to speak with a deck contractor like Structurally Speaking. We’ll go over the pros and cons of each option.

Levels and Stairs with Your New Deck

Here at Structurally Speaking, we build all kinds of decks. If you check out our gallery, you’ll notice that we’ve built small, simple decks, as well as large multi-level decks with stairs.

Which is the best option for your home? Here are a few questions to consider:

  • How often do you plan to use your deck? Do you often wish you had an outdoor space to entertain, or is it just a place to put the grill? If you want to use your deck as an extension of your home, you’ll want to think bigger.
  • What makes the most sense for your home’s style? Some homes lend themselves to a multi-level deck, while others look better with a single-level deck.
  • Is your yard on an incline? A natural incline lends itself to a multi-level deck, even if you have a ranch style home.
  • What is your budget? Obviously, the bigger the deck, the more expensive it will be due to the increased materials. Bigger decks also take longer to build. Our custom deck builder team is fast, but we don’t rush through a project or cut corners.

If you aren’t sure, we can show you multiple deck designs. After your initial consultation, we will come up with a few options for you, based on your needs and budget. We can include a multi-level deck as one of the options if you are interested in this kind of design. There are no strings attached if you decide you want a smaller deck after all.

Deck Seating to Provide a Comfortable Outdoor Space

You can’t fully enjoy your new deck without seating. You have two main options for seating:

  1. Stand-alone seating that you purchase separately
  2. Built-in seating such as benches, which we’ll design as part of the deck project

If you’ll be purchasing stand-alone seating, we’ll still want to include it in our design plans. Your new deck will be perfectly suited to your needs, with space for any planned seating. For example, if you plan for a small round table with four chairs, you’ll need a different design than if you want a large table with seating for eight.

With a larger deck, you’ll typically want a few different seating areas based on how you’ll be using the space. You may want seating for outdoor dining, as well as seats that enjoy more sun or more shade.

If you enjoy hosting gatherings, you’ll also want additional seating options for guests that don’t obstruct your use of the deck when they aren’t in use. To solve this problem, we recommend built-in benches. Our team has experience building functional benches that also look great. Benches can serve as additional seating when you need it, but also work well for potted plants. We can also build wide stairs that double as benches.

Room to Garden on Your New Deck

Speaking of potted plants, do you enjoy gardening? We can build a deck that works with your existing landscape and gives you a new area for gardening options. Every deck installation has only one goal – to focus on your satisfaction with the finished product.

First, it bears mentioning that we’ll respect your current landscape if it is important to you. Don’t worry about your favorite rose bush or tree. Our designs will take any existing landscape into consideration. We work with your yard, not against it. This includes considering how your new deck may cast shadows in areas that were once sunny. Our deck builders are also careful to not disturb your landscaping more than necessary during construction.

If you love to garden, we can create new opportunities built into the deck design. Benches are just the start. With a new wood deck, you can also have built-in planters or planting areas. We’ll design them in the perfect locations for sun or shade, based on what your plants require.

Additionally, we can include a pergola as part of your dream deck. Pergolas have several benefits:

  • Planting: You can plant any kind of climbing ivy, rose, or vine to create a vertical garden on your new deck.
  • Cooling: A pergola adds extra protection from the sun in certain areas. If you have plants or seating areas that need shade, a pergola is a great option.
  • Privacy: Once you’ve added the climbing plants, a pergola adds a little privacy to your deck, without completely obstructing your view.
  • Uniqueness: Pergolas give your landscape that “something special” that you don’t find everywhere.
  • Defining a Space: With a pergola, you define a space without closing it off. This works especially well for large decks.

Adding a pergola to your deck project is extremely affordable. It adds visual impact to your deck without breaking the bank. Simply mention to our designer that you are considering a pergola during your initial consultation. We’re happy to show you custom deck options with and without including a pergola.

Add a Hot Tub, Kitchen, or Other Features to Your Deck

Your new deck can truly be an addition to your home. As we design it, we can add any special features you might want, including room for a hot tub, a large outdoor kitchen, and more. Consider built-in lighting, a fence enclosure, sunken seating, designer handrails, a fire pit, and other fun features. If you can dream it, we can build it. This article from Houzz has a few luxury deck ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.

We can Redesign Your Old Deck

Instead of starting from scratch, the deck builder team at Structurally Speaking can simply redesign and replace your existing deck. Over the years, any deck can fall into disrepair. This can be a hazard for your family, pets, and guests. Here are a few indications that you may need a new deck:

  • Severe discoloration that is not easily fixed with a pressure washer or refinish
  • Holes or broken boards
  • Signs of damage from pests such as termites
  • Visible mold, mildew, or rot
  • Boards that are separating and pushing nails out of the wood
  • Tree roots breaking through your deck
  • Loose deck railing or stairs

We can come to your home to assess the condition. Sometimes, deck repair makes the most sense. Often, problems look worse than they really are. However, it is always better to have our professionals assess the problem. We can spot safety hazards and build you a new beautiful deck if it is time to say goodbye to the old one.

Beyond the Deck: Other Options Available from Deck Builders

Although we love decks, they are not your only option for remodeling your outdoor living space. Here at Structurally Speaking, we also build screened porches/sunrooms to make outdoor living possible for your family. Here are a few reasons why you might want a screened porch instead of a traditional deck:

  • Function During Three Seasons: A screened porch is often called a three season porch because you can use it for most of the year. The entire porch is actually a room with ceiling and screens to protect you from rain. It can have fans or even heating and cooling.
  • No Pests: Say goodbye to mosquito bites or the need for harsh chemical sprays and insect repelling candles. Screened porches are also an especially good place to enjoy an outdoor meal without constantly swatting flies away from the food.
  • More Secure: Families with young children and pets often like a screened porch, since it adds an extra level of security. If you don’t have a fenced-in yard or have a pool without a separate gate, a screened porch maybe be a great option for you. Of course, a screened-in porch also has a door that can be locked at night, making it slightly more secure for items that could be easily stolen from a porch or deck.
  • Comfortable Seating for All Guests: When you’re hosting a party, you want all guests to feel comfortable. Older guests and others who are more susceptible to high temperatures might like sitting inside better than enjoying the fun outside. A screened porch allows everyone to be together.
  • Increase Your Home’s Value: As with a quality deck, a beautiful screened porch can increase your home’s value. It is a major selling point if you ever decide to put your home on the market.

We can easily convert your current porch or deck to be a screened porch or sunroom. Or, let us design and build one from scratch.

And here’s the best part: You don’t have to choose. We can create a combination deck and screened porch for the perfect backyard space for your home.

Why Choose Structurally Speaking for Your Custom Deck

For nearly a decade, Structurally Speaking owner Jim Brennan worked for the largest deck and porch builder in the United States. During this time, he became a top deck and porch designer and learned that his approach was what made him stand apart. He started Structurally Speaking in 2008, and today, Jim still personally works with every client. When you choose Structurally Speaking, here’s what you can expect:

  • Jim will work with you directly to create a design you love. No idea is too outlandish. No project is too small.
  • We’ll set a budget during your initial consultation, and we’ll stick to it. No surprise bills!
  • Our pricing is competitive. We have relationships with manufacturers so we are able to pass on those savings to you.
  • Jim supervises the crew and oversees every project. We don’t pass off the construction to a third party.

Most importantly, if you have any questions along the way, we’re happy to answer them. We listen to every concern and can make changes as needed. This is your new deck and we want you to love it. After all, you’re the one who has to live with it after our crew leaves. If you aren’t completely satisfied, we’ll work with you until you are.

Your new deck starts with a free no-strings-attached consultation with Jim. Fill out the form on this page to get started or click here to contact us.

Benefits of a 3 Season Room in the Triangle and North Carolina

3 season roomLet’s face it: the last few months have been an adjustment for all of us. Moreover, none of us are really sure when things will get back to normal. Spending more time at home has its ups and downs. The adjustment has certainly been difficult. But underneath that is the opportunity for us to all spend more time at home and connect with family. One of the most challenging aspects of this situation is that we might be spending a little too much time together. After all, none of us expected this, so we probably aren’t prepared for these challenges. A lack of space, feeling cramped up can get on anyone’s nerves. So, why not make things better by adding some very usable space to your home? A 3 season room from Structurally Speaking might be just the solution you’re looking for! This addition allows your family to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about pests or weather. And what better time to add some square footage to your home? It will add significantly to the value of your home when the time comes to sell it. And in the meantime, your whole family can have an extra room in which to stretch out and relax. So, check out the many benefits of a 3 season room below.

What is a 3 Season Room Anyway?

You may not have heard the term 3 season room before. Chances are you may have heard it by a different name. Often, they are called a screened porch. But the concept is still the same. It refers to a room of a house that can be enjoyed in all but the coldest days of winter. The three season name refers to the rest of the year, when you can make use of this extra space.

Unlike a traditional sunroom, a 3 season porch is meant to blend the best of the outdoors and the indoors. It creates a new living space for your entire family. A 3 season room has a roof and an enclosure but often has screening or windows meant to let the outside in. But it can offer all the comforts and amenities of a living room, like the one you already have. However, it lets homeowners enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Best of all, this enjoyment comes without getting soaked by rain thanks to the ceiling or chased off by pests and insects. In fact, some of these rooms can even have a heating element to keep homeowners comfortable when it gets a little cooler. Plus, they can be combined with a patio or a deck for a tremendous outdoor living experience. Often, the door to a 3 season room can lead right out into these areas.

The Center for Outdoor Living

A three season room has many benefits. In fact, a three season room is one of the best additions you can make to your home. The primary reason is because they are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways. To start, these rooms can add extra living space for your family. So, they can be the center of activity. Best of all, they can be customized to suit your family’s specific interests. Add the elements you want to make it the center of fun for the whole family. And Structurally Speaking believes your home should be as unique as your family is.

Maybe your family is one that likes spending time individually on phones, computers, and other devices. Wouldn’t it be great to at least all be in the same room while you do it? You can enjoy the best of both worlds by watching the trees rustle in the wind. Maybe your family likes playing board games or video games together. An addition can be the center of this activity with a TV and all the games ready to be enjoyed. Or, maybe your family can’t get enough of the outdoors. A three-season room pairs perfectly with a deck or patio for a new center for outdoor living. Imagine being able to hang out together, play some games, and enjoy the outdoors. Plus, a 3 season room can even be used as a dining area. So, you can cook something on the grill and then enjoy the meal without being overrun by flies or mosquitoes.

Benefits of a 3 Season Porch

No matter what kind of experience your family enjoys, Structurally Speaking can help. They will work with you on ideas and budget to create the porch of your dreams. And with a 3 season porch from Structurally Speaking, the value can be more than just aesthetic. Check out some of the many benefits:

· Added Value—screened porches are incredibly attractive to potential homebuyers. Check out more on how porches can add value to your home below.

· Comfort—experience the outdoors without sacrificing any of the comforts of modern life. You can enjoy a nice breeze while relaxing on a comfortable couch for the best of both worlds.

· Quality of Life—host parties, game nights, host your kids’ friends, and more. Whatever your family enjoys, a porch can be the perfect setting.

· Extra Living Space—far more than just attractive, porches can add functional space. They can be perfect for a family room, TV room, game room, or much more. Not much room to entertain during holidays or family celebrations? This additional space may be the solution!

Add Value to Your Home

Adding some extra space to your home has probably never been more attractive than it is right now. But it also has never made more sense financially either. To start, a three season porch adds a lot to the curb appeal and aesthetic value of a home. But they do far more than just serve as eye candy. They also add significant value to the price of a home. In fact, a three-season porch is one of the things that may set your house apart from the competition. And it’s not difficult to see why.

Often, square footage is king. Especially when it comes to families. And porches add extra space but also a very valuable kind of living space that most homes don’t have. A high-quality porch with screen enclosure from Structurally Speaking can give your home the edge over other houses on the market. Plus, that investment now will certainly pay off later. Did you know that porches and decks recoup as much as 84% of their installation costs? That makes them one of the most worthwhile additions you can make to your home. Plus, it makes it easy to justify the purchase. You can enjoy it now as an extra living space and as an improvement to quality of life. Plus, a three seasons room can let in tons of natural light and ambience. Then, when it’s time to sell your house, you can get most of that money back.

Look through their gallery to see some of the recent projects they have completed for happy clients in the Triangle area. Depending upon the clients’ wishes and the style of the home, each unique project complements the property in both design and materials. From 3 season rooms to hot tub decks, Structurally Speaking will provide your family with an additional space to enjoy. It will blend in with your home’s style, whether that means creating a vaulted ceiling or a matching roof line.

Experience You Can Trust

Structurally Speaking was born out of a desire to provide Triangle-area homeowners with top-quality home additions. In 1999, owner Jim Brennan was working for the Raleigh division of the largest deck and porch builder in the United States. In that time, he distinguished himself as one of the area’s top designers and builders. During this time, Jim also learned that the customer comes first. He used this important ideal as the backbone when he formed Structurally Speaking in 2008. That’s why Structurally Speaking offers:

· A Personalized Approach—every customer’s home is different. So are their styles. That’s why Structurally Speaking believes in customizing every project to match its owner. For example, a porch that’s right for one family might be totally wrong for another. They will work hard to bring that vision to life to improve the quality of living for your whole family.

· Fair and Competitive Pricing—of course, businesses need to make money. But Structurally Speaking believes in doing it the right way. That’s why they treat customers fairly and provide quality services. You work hard for your money, and they do too.

· Friendly Financing Options—saving for a project like this can be difficult. But there’s no time like the present to enjoy the outdoors. Structurally Speaking has worked with many customers on financing options for a new deck or porch. Just give them a call to find out about the options available to you.

A Proven Process

Structurally Speaking doesn’t believe that home additions have to be stressful. In fact, they think it should be fun and enjoyable. That’s why they use a three-step process that ensures every project comes out perfectly. Check out these steps below:

1. Initial Consultation—every project starts with a free, no-obligation consultation with owner Jim Brennan. Jim insists on meeting every client personally in order to determine their personal needs and interests. Jim will ask a series of questions to uncover your specific functional and aesthetic goals. At the same time, Structurally Speaking will take extensive photographs and measurements as well as a physical survey of your yard. Last but not least, they will discuss budget.

2. Design Presentation—after an initial consultation comes the design presentation. This is often one of the most fun and most exciting steps. During the presentation, Structurally Speaking will use leading technology to help you visualize the project. In addition, they offer a number of options, so you have a choice. All recommendations and options will be customized specifically for your home and vision. This way, clients can choose exactly what they want. This presentation even includes scaled drawings showing all elevations and viewpoints. So, you walk away with a very accurate idea of what is to come.

3. Project Construction—only after you’re ready does construction begin. Right from the beginning, Structurally Speaking will make sure it is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. So how do they accomplish this? To start, they believe in being thorough, respectful, and attentive throughout the entire project. Plus, they minimize intrusion so your family can carry on with your normal, everyday life. They can even help with documents, permits, and other documents required by homeowner associations and your local authorities.

Free Quotes Available Today

No matter where you are in your planning, a free quote is key. That’s why the experts at Structurally Speaking offer free, no-obligation quotes to all customers. They know that budget plays a major part in planning for a home addition. However, it can be tough to provide the final cost for such dynamic projects. That’s why they will come to survey your land and consider the total project before they give you the final cost you can count on.

For example, a simple porch or deck in a typical yard may be at the low end of the price range. However, a multi-level deck with luxury features like a hot tub and television will likely be more expensive. But that’s not all that can impact cost. Everything from features to materials can also have a big impact. That’s why they make it easy to get this information through their simple contact form. They will get back to you within 48 hours with a free, no-obligation consultation with the owner of the company.

Don’t let this unique situation go to waste. Make the most of your time together with a custom porch or deck. Prefer a sunroom? They can help with that too. But why trust just anyone to do it? Structurally Speaking has more than a decade of experience helping Triangle-area families with porches and decks of their dreams. If you’re in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Apex, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, or beyond, they can help.

So, give them a call today at 919-786-4825 to talk to an expert.