Make Your World More Relaxing – Create a Deck with Hot Tub

deck with hot tubIf you’re feeling a bit stressed and wondering if adding a deck with hot tub to your world may help, you’re not alone. A spa with flowing water may be exactly what you need for a sense of well-being and peace. In fact, Herman Melville acknowledges our intrinsic attraction to this liquid gold in Moby Dick.

“…whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can…”

Likely, the allure of water began with time itself. Initially, it was a matter of survival. Civilizations popped up around oceans, lakes, rivers and streams. The flowing waters within are essential to life. Moreover, water calms us; it invigorates us. Notably, the word spa comes from the Latin “salas per aquam”. Literally, this means “health from water.” Hot tubs of one sort or another have been used since ancient times, and the three ways in which they heal the body have remained consistent.

More importantly, the soothing effects of water keep us from “methodically knocking people’s hats off.” While Structurally Speaking certainly doesn’t agree with knocking accessories off of each other, we would like to knock your socks off with our creative hot tub deck design!

A Deck with Hot Tub is Delightful

Obviously, we can’t install the sea into your backyard. However, we can make your outdoor space delightful all the same. Trust us, if we could bring the ocean to you, we would. Although, if you combine a deck with hot tub fun, it makes your outdoor living space a soothing water wonderland.

Before we get into the details of designing a hot tub deck, let’s consider how a spa deck enhances your enjoyment of outdoor space. First, think about how you use your outdoor space. We find that many of our clients have three common goals.

The Real Way to Relax

Whether you have a patio, wood deck, concrete pad or just a small backyard, being outside seems to soothe the soul. Getting up early and heading outside to hear the birds welcome the morning is a peaceful way to begin your day. Similarly, it’s a fabulous way to decompress and end it as well. Lounge on your outdoor furniture as the sun sinks sleepily into the horizon. Let the stress and worries of the day set with it. Read a book; enjoy some music. Or, simply sit and watch the fireflies as the sound of nature plays in the background.

Enjoy Entertaining

Perhaps, you prefer to share these entertaining moments with others. Joining friends and family in your yard space is a great way to do that. Especially, this is true now that many more folks are gathering in their yard rather than indoors. Gathering on outdoor furniture and chatting is a safe way to enjoy each other’s company. Or, playing a round of cards, board games or yard games is a perfect way to enjoy your existing deck, patio or backyard deck. Adding an outdoor hot tub to that idea makes it even more entertaining and relaxing.

Beautify Your Outdoor Living Space

Sometimes, creating an outdoor oasis is simply about enhancing the beauty of your home. We tend to focus on the inside. Extending the ambiance outdoors creates an even more pleasing environment. Plus, adding aesthetics to your yard increases the value of your house. Therefore, if you ever wish to sell, your addition will pay off. Not only is it an investment that you can enjoy while you’re there, future homeowners will appreciate your efforts as well. Hot tub installation increases this value even further.

Creative Work Space

Moreover, we’ve also noticed a new goal our clients desire. Obviously, the trend of working-from-home is on the rise. Even when our world gets back to some sort of normalcy, many people enjoy this opportunity. Having the option to work outside on the perfect deck is a useful way to add a square foot or two to your work space. Better yet, a deck with hot tub waiting for you to hop in for a quick break is a fabulous job perk!

Common Hot Tub Deck Questions

Next, let’s address a few questions that our clients have about their hot tub deck. Foremost, can you put hot tub on decking? The short answer is absolutely! However, you do need a professional who understands how to properly reinforce a deck to support the weight of the hot tub once water is in it. An existing deck may have older boards that are rotting. Rotting wood could collapse under the weight. Additionally, your existing deck may not be built to code which means excess weight could be dangerous.

Fortunately, our team at Structurally Speaking has decades of experience in deck design and can find issues that may exist. Likewise, we use our expertise to adjust your existing deck if needed. While we thrive on creative design, safety is our most important goal.

Similarly, you may wonder what size hot tub will best match your needs? Often, this boils down to your outdoor space, patio or deck size. Personal preference and budget also come into play. Speaking of budget, that’s generally a good place to start and then you can work backwards. After all, once you know how much you want to spend, it’s easier to narrow down what may work best.

The Process of Designing and Building Your Hot Tub Deck

During our free consultation, we go over these questions and more. In fact, we have an entire process to make sure that we meet your needs from start to finish.

We begin with an initial free consultation. This meeting is the most important step — it allows us to lay the groundwork for a successful construction project. During this detailed consultation, we go through a series of questions and examples. Likewise, we focus on finding the specific functional and aesthetic goals you want to meet. Getting to know you individually helps us get a better feel for what you need and want.

After taking extensive measurements and photographs, we take a physical survey of the area and the home itself. This process also includes the impact the project will have on the interior view from the home. Then, we take time to discuss your budget, making sure all parties have a realistic idea of what to expect. If everybody agrees, we schedule a second meeting.

This second meeting is your design presentation. At this point, we complete a review of your functional and aesthetic goals of the building project, ensuring we meet your needs and desires. Our owner, Jim Brennan, offers you at least two design recommendations, which are scaled drawings that show all elevations and viewpoints.

These scaled drawings are done with a laptop computer which allows you to actually visualize the drawings in three-dimensional clarity. After discussing these recommendations, you choose the design you like the most. At that point, you and the designer will make any changes needed, until it is the exact design you envision on your home. Then, and only then, a decision is made as whether or not to do business and move to the next step.

Once you verify changes and agree on the design, we move forward to project construction. From the moment our specialists arrive on your property to the minute we leave, Structurally Speaking promises to be thorough, attentive and respectful of your property. We strive to minimize the intrusion that home construction projects are to you and your family’s lives — we will do everything it takes to expedite the creation of your deck.

Types of Hot Tubs

Finally, let’s get to the fun stuff! Before your meeting, it may help to have an idea of all the hot tub options available. You’ve probably heard of many of the manufacturers. Just a few include Bullfrog Spas, Jacuzzi, Caldera Spas and Thermo Spas. They each have a wide variety of thrilling choices to choose from.

Before you get too ahead of yourself in all these varieties, think first about what size spa you’d like to have. This depends on a few criteria. First, think about how many folks you wish to have in the spa at one time. Hot tub owners sometimes prefer a cozy 2-person bubbly addition or want to go for larger fun that fits up to 8 people at a time. Second, consider each square foot your spa will take up. Make sure you’ll still have room for other activities in your outdoor space. Third, your budget may affect how large a spa you wish to purchase. If you’re not sure what you want yet, don’t worry. We can help!

Then, decide on the shape and how your spa will rest on your patio or decking. The most traditional shapes are a square or round hot tub. However, more unique shapes are available. Next, determine what sort of hot tub platform you’ll use for your new hot tub. Will you opt for a sunken hot tub or do you prefer for it to rest on your main deck floor?

To spark some design ideas, be sure to check out our gallery of past projects!

Fun Additions to Your Deck

Similarly, think about your deck as whole and other enhancements you can make to the design. For instance, a pergola is a great way to add a little shade and class to your wooden deck. Or, a fire pit to keep you toasty when you hop out of the spa is a great addition for cooler months. Plus, it’s fabulous for s’mores, hot dogs and other delightful activities year-round. Similarly, built-in benches are a great addition. They provide extra space to place towels or guests who decide not to soak!

Think about the overall look as well. You may want the design of an elevated deck that not only adds space but breaks the visual monotony of a one-level deck. Deck lighting comes into play as well. Not only is it visually pleasing, it adds to safety. For instance, lights near each stair make walking safer in the evening. Especially, this is true with slippery, wet feet that have been soaking in the spa!

Finally, consider even the smallest touches. Add some speakers for surround sound. Or, hang some windchimes to sway and sing in the gentle breezes. Planters, string lighting, candles…there are all sorts of fun and useful décor items to enhance your space!

Now that you have all these fabulous ideas, it’s time to find the perfect deck builder!

Choose Expert Project Management in the Triangle Area

Structurally Speaking is one of the leaders. For over a decade, our owner Jim Brennan has provided Raleigh-area homeowners with exceptionally designed construction. His hands-on assistance and the quality of our carpenters is a hallmark of Structurally Speaking and our work.

Jim personally oversees every home improvement project we take on and our excellent builders have worked with him for years. He recognizes that he is responsible for design, construction and overall execution!

Additionally, our team also provides assistance to clients dealing with local homeowner associations and building codes. We help prepare any drawings and other necessary documents regarding materials or appearance. Needless to say, we also acquire all necessary permits.

So, give us a call at 919-786-4825 and we can help bring a little less stress and bit of “salas per aquam” to your world!

5 Questions to Find the Best Decking Contractors Near Me

Decking contractors near me

When hiring decking contractors near me, what sets apart one contractor from another? And how can you pick the options for your deck project? Let’s talk about five questions every homeowner needs to consider when hiring a deck builder.

Which Decking Contractors Near Me Offer Custom-Designed Decks?

First, consider which deck contractor will be able to take your vision and bring it to life? And what if you don’t know what you want, beyond a beautiful outdoor living space?

Here at Structurally Speaking, owner Jim Brennan personally oversees every project from start to finish. He’ll meet with you to discuss your needs and see your outdoor space, design your deck, and oversee the building team. If you have an idea of what you want, Jim will help you achieve your goals. On the other hand, if you’re not sure what you want, Jim can explain your options. His decades of expertise in this field will always provide you with your dream deck…no matter what your dream envisions!

Our decks can be simple or elaborate. Here are just a few of the different projects we’ve designed and completed in the past:

  • Multi-level decks
  • Second-story decks with stairs leading down to your yards
  • Decks with pergolas
  • Small decks for limited spaces
  • Hot tub decks
  • Decks that are built around landscape features, such as trees
  • Combination deck/sunrooms
  • Decks with built-in benches
  • Gardener-friendly decks with built-in planters
  • Decks around a pool

Your custom deck will take advantage of all your home and garden’s unique features when it is designed by Structurally Speaking.

When designing your new deck, here are a few things Jim and our team will keep in mind:

  • What is the primary use for your deck and which family members will use it most often?
  • Will you need built-in seating for large parties? Or will you need areas where seating arrangements can be created with stand-alone furniture pieces?
  • What kind of maintenance and upkeep are you willing to do?
  • Are there any mobility issues for yourself or guests that necessitate ramps, wider stairs, etc.?
  • Do you have an existing porch, patio, or deck that needs to be demolished or incorporated into the design?
  • What direction does your home face? (i.e., when and how much sun will your deck get?)
  • Do you have a pool, hot tub, or water feature you’d like to incorporate?
  • Is it important to you that we include a fire pit or fire table area?
  • What kind of railing do you want (and what do you need to keep your family safe)?
  • Are you interested in a wood deck, a composite deck, or another material?
  • Do you have existing outdoor furniture or elements that you want us to incorporate into the deck design?
  • Will you need new doors added to your home to access the deck?
  • Do you have any construction challenges, such as an extremely sloped yard?
  • Does the deck design need to incorporate built-in lights, or will you make use of existing outdoor lights?
  • Do you want space for outdoor cooking and grilling?
  • What is the overall aesthetic of your home?

This isn’t a complete list, but don’t be intimidated. We’ll walk you through all the options in terms of size, color, materials, and more during the initial consultation.

After the initial consultation, we’ll do a design presentation with at least two different design recommendations. These are scaled drawings that show different elevations and viewpoints. You get a chance to discuss the advantages of each option, as well as make any changes.

You won’t get this kind of back and forth with every deck builder. With other contractors, you might have fewer options for customization. In fact, some only offer cookie-cutter decking solutions. Will you really use your new outdoor space if it isn’t designed well? A custom solution gives you more bang for your buck. It’s why we are a top deck contractor in the Triad area!

How Much Will My New Deck Cost?

Every deck builder has their own way of calculating how much your deck project will cost. However, when you work with the Structurally Speaking team, we don’t start with a design and then determine the budget. Instead, we start with your budget and create a design that falls within it.

Speaking about your budget will be part of our initial consultation. If you have a limited budget, don’t worry! We can still help you build the deck of your dreams. In this case, we’ll look for ways to save money while maintaining the unique deck elements that are important to you.

For example, maybe you are willing to consider a smaller deck, as long as it still has enough room for seating your family.

Or, as another example, maybe you go for the bigger deck but a less expensive material and standard decking color, instead of a material that is fully customized and more expensive.

We’ll go over every design element so we can gauge what is most important to you. Then, we’ll design a deck that perfectly fits your budget and your wish list.

Keep in mind that when you work with the Structurally Speaking team for your custom deck, we don’t present you with a surprise bill at the end of the project. You’ll know exactly how much your deck will cost before we start building it. We don’t magically find ways to inflate your bill during the project as some contractors do. The number we quote is the price you pay.

We have relationships with many manufacturers, so we’re able to offer competitive pricing. We pass on any savings to you, so you’ll be able to get a new deck without breaking the bank.

Will My Deck Project Be Well-Managed?

Deck building is our passion. We don’t sell you on a design and then pass off the project to an independent general contractor, as is the case with some companies. When you hire Structurally Speaking, you hire our in-house team. We’ll be the ones completing the construction part of the project.

This is part of the reason why it’s so important to hire a local team for the job. Larger national companies generally have subcontractor teams that take over when the sales team is done. The problem with this is that the sales team might not know much about decking design. They just know how to convince you to sign on the dotted line. At the same time, the general contractor team doesn’t know what the sales team promised. They aren’t invested in making sure the customer, is happy. They simply build what they are told.

And if they can cut corners, they often do. Subcontractors are paid a set fee to do the work, and this pay rate is often low. So, they cut corners in order to take home more money. They might buy lower-quality supplies, rush the work, or skip important steps. As a result, many homeowners who work with larger decking companies find that they need a deck replacement after just a few years.

At Structurally Speaking, Jim oversees every project to make sure it is done right and you are happy with the results. We never cut corners to make a job go faster, and our number one concern is ensuring your deck is safe, functional, and beautiful. You won’t need to replace your Structurally Speaking deck for decades after it is built.

Can the Contractor Help Me if a Deck isn’t the Best Option?

Sometimes, you might start out thinking that you want a deck. However, once you really think about it, you might want a screened porchthree season porch, or sunroom instead. If this is the case, can the contractor you choose help you?

If you hire Structurally Speaking, the answer is yes! We have experiences with all types of decks and porches. Our goal isn’t to design your deck; it’s to design your perfect outdoor living space. Sometimes, once we start talking, we determine that a deck isn’t the best choice. Or, we do a dual deck/sunroom combination.

Your outdoor living space needs to fit your family’s needs. So, if you hire a custom deck builder who isn’t flexible, you may find yourself with an end product that you don’t really use.

Which Local Deck Contractor Provides the Best Customer Service?

Our overall recommendation is to interview several potential custom deck builder companies and find the one that provides you with the best customer service. Most other issues can be handled if you have a design and building team dedicated to making you happy. Here’s how we go above and beyond for our customers:

  • We stay in close contact during your project. You never have to wonder what’s going on, and you can call any time if you have a question.
  • When we set a timeline, we stick to it. Obviously, when speaking about outdoor work, Mother Nature sometimes has other plans. However, we always stay in close communication. During the building process, our team shows up on time, so you don’t have to sit around wondering where we are or if we are coming that day.
  • We love your input. We don’t have pre-set designs that we use for every homeowner. Your home and yard are unique, so your deck should be unique too. (Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want initially. We’ll walk you through it.)
  • If needed, we’ll do the paperwork for you. Some projects require approval from a homeowners’ association or even a permit from the city. We know exactly how to deal with these needs to ensure that your deck building project is completed without any problems.
  • We’ll hunt down those special materials you really want. If you have your heart set on something, we’ll make it happen.
  • If you aren’t happy about something, we’ll make it right. At the end of the project, you should completely love your new deck.

We take pride in providing top-quality customer service every step of the way. In fact, here’s what one of our customers had to say about working with our team:

“Now that our deck is complete, I want to thank you and your team for the high level of craftsmanship and professionalism. We gave you a tight deadline for completion of the deck before a major social event and your team hit the target perfectly. The back and forth exchange of ideas and suggestions for the materials and design were most productive and our collaboration produced a beautiful deck area. As you know we connected immediately with the sense we could work well together and the whole process was well-explained and executed to perfection. The experience you possess showed itself many times over from the easy inspection approval to the look of the deck design from all viewpoints. Your crew was hard-working and very highly skilled…a rare combination that shows in the final product. Thanks for a great job and many more beautiful decks are in your future, we are certain.” – Rob and Sheila Roszell

You can read more customer reviews here.

How to Get Started

If you’re ready to start on your custom deck design, click here to contact us. Jim is happy to speak with you in a no-obligation consultation, in order to determine the best option for your home.

In the Raleigh Area – Choose The Best Deck Builders Near Me

deck builders near meNorth Carolina summers are some of the best in the world. From long days to warm air, there is so much to be enjoyed outdoors. So, why waste the whole summer stuck indoors? Make a new deck the center of your family’s outdoor living. If you’re looking for the best deck builders near me then look no further. Structurally Speaking is experienced in designing and building custom decks for Triangle-area residents. In fact, Structurally Speaking has been the Triangle area’s leading deck building contractor for more than a decade. So, get your free, no-obligation quote today. Or, give them a call to see how they can help bring your dream deck to life.

What to Look for in a Deck Contractor

Maybe you have an old deck that is too unsafe or worn out to be enjoyed. Or, maybe your house doesn’t have a deck at all but you’ve always wanted one. Either way, Structurally Speaking has the deck contractors to bring your dream deck to life. Many decks in North Carolina are beginning to show their age. Chances are if your deck is not in great shape, remodeling is out of the question. But the experts at Structurally Speaking can help on every project all the way from deck design to deck construction. 

So, what should you look for in a deck builder? In many ways, the same things you should look for in any contractor. Start by asking friends and neighbors about the experiences they may have had. Next, check out the reviews about a company online. This is one of the great things about our online access today. There is a ton of information just a few clicks away. These reviews will give you a good idea of what to expect. Finally, you should talk to the company on the phone, or better yet, in person. Any good general contractor will earn a lot of trust just in the way they treat you. They should be able to explain every aspect of the project, from design to construction. And they should be able to explain the benefits of all decking options, including wood and composite lumber.

The Best Deck Builders Near Me

From courtesy and respect to expertise, Structurally Speaking has what you’re looking for. They have the best deck builders near me for good reason. It all starts with the right approach. After all, deck building should be fun, not stressful! At least, that’s what Structurally Speaking believes. So, they make the entire process fun and enjoyable. And their highly professional team will leave no detail to chance. Plus, Structurally Speaking is family-owned, so you’ll be supporting a local company. Don’t let some national firm handle such an important project. Trust your local deck builder to get the job done right. You can even check out their gallery of completed projects to get an idea of their capabilities.

They believe that the best recommendations they can get is from other satisfied customers. That’s why they have dedicated a portion of their website to letting customers leave honest reviews. It’s one of the reasons they go above and beyond with each project. They know that customers have a choice when it comes to hiring a contractor. That’s why they strive to earn business from each and every customer. So, check out their many highly-rated reviews to see how they’ve helped other local customers.

What is a Composite Deck?

Composite decking is a regular deck that offers a number of benefits over traditional wood decks. Wood decks require a lot of maintenance and our busy lives demand easy-to-care-for materials. Instead of spending time sanding and refinishing a wooden deck, most people prefer to be enjoying a low-maintenance deck. A composite deck uses composite lumber, which is a mixture of wood fiber, plastic and a binding agent. Put together, these materials become stronger, denser, and heavier than ordinary wood. Over the past three decades, this has become a very popular and valuable material for deck building.

Benefits of a composite deck include:

  • Durability—composite decking is designed specifically for maximum durability. Unlike wood, composite decking will not fade, stain, get scratched, or grow mold. Plus, it won’t crack, warp, or produce annoying or painful splinters. That makes it an extremely good choice for families with kids and pets. Because they resist these things, they also last a very long time.
  • Low Maintenance—a wood deck requires a lot of upkeep to remain safe and attractive. A composite deck, on the other hand, does not need most of this same type of maintenance. For instance, composite deck owners do not need to worry about staining, painting, or sanding. All they ever need is the occasional rinse with soap and water. In fact, most composite decks hold their color against fading and staining for up to 25 years.
  • Aesthetics—choose from rich wood grains or saturated colors. These decks come in a range of styles, so they will match your home and your desired look.
  • Sustainability—get the look and feel of wood without the environmental impact. This lumber is made from recycled content, so it is very green and environmentally-friendly.
  • Value—a composite deck can cost more than a wood deck. However, they last much longer. Plus, there are no maintenance costs. So, a composite deck is the more value-conscious choice. In fact, they can pay for themselves in under 10 years.
  • Return on Investment—adding a deck to your home immediately increases the value of your home. When it comes time to sell, you will receive a solid return on your investment.

What is the Right Size Deck for Me?

Your dream deck should be exactly what you want it to be. Maybe you want the look and feel of a traditional wood deck. Or, maybe you’d prefer the ease and sustainability of composite decking. Maybe your family is one that spends a ton of time outdoors, especially when the weather is good. You want to use your deck as the center of your outdoor living space for years to come. No matter what you have in mind, the experts at Structurally Speaking can help build the custom deck of your dreams. Their builders are highly skilled in all materials and installation techniques and tools.

But what size of deck is right for your family? Of course, that depends greatly on what each homeowner wants to get out of their new deck. Luckily, Structurally Speaking has the expertise to help. In fact, they can guide you through the design as well as building every project. Some things to consider when determining the right size include:

  • How many people will you likely entertain on your new deck at one time?
  • What activities will your family use the deck for?
  • Will the deck be an occasional or constant outdoor living area?
  • Is it a place where you will watch the game or movies?
  • Would you like a kitchen, cooking area, or fireplace on your deck?
  • What about a hot tub or pergola? There are many options, such as stairways and built-in seating areas.

Once you have a rough idea of what you will use the deck for, it will make it easier to decide on size. For illustrative purposes, however, a 144 square foot deck comfortably fits a table and chairs for 4-6 people. If you want to up that capacity to 10-12 people, you’ll want to double the space to 288 square feet. For more activities, you’ll want to go even bigger. But Structurally Speaking can help you decide. Another factor is the size and shape of your home. The deck should be in proportion to the size of the home and complement the style and design.

How to Entertain Outdoors

Does your family enjoy outdoor living? Or, maybe you only get to enjoy it a few times a year. Well, why not make the fun last year-round? Most people think of decks only as a place to sit and enjoy the weather. But they can be so much more than that! Check out just a few ways to turn up the fun this summer with a new deck from Structurally Speaking below.

  1. Enjoy your next game night under the stars. Game nights are tons of fun, no matter who’s involved. Plus, it’s a great way for kids and adults alike to bond and make some great memories. Well, how about accomplishing all that while enjoying the sunset and the warm evening air? Your new deck will likely have an outdoor table. After dinner, clear out the dishes and bring on the games. You’ll have endless hours of fun all summer long.
  2. Set up an outdoor movie night for friends, family, and neighbors. What could be better than watching a fun, family movie? Doing it outdoors! With a new deck, this dream is well within reach. All it takes is a projector, which can be had for a couple hundred dollars—or even less. Set up the projector with an old favorite or a new movie and entertain everyone on the block. For a screen, you can either buy one or use a white sheet.
  3. Lounge around in comfortable, creative spaces. The summer is all about relaxation, sun, and fun. A new deck provides all three. Don’t waste the glorious sunshine summer months indoors watching TV. Set up a great lounging space with outdoor couches, chairs, and more. It’ll be the perfect place for everyone in the family to hang out and have fun, together.

Trust the Process

Structurally Speaking uses a three-step process on each and every project:

  1. Initial Consultation—every job includes a free, no-obligation consultation with owner Jim Brennan. Jim insists on meeting every client personally to demonstrate his respect and the importance of every client. During the consultation, Jim works to understand your specific goals for your new deck. He will ask a series of questions to help discover your desired look and functional goals. At the same meeting, the Structurally Speaking team will measure, take pictures, and take a physical survey of your yard. They will also discuss your budget and what sort of timeline you are looking at.
  2. Design Presentation—all the planning and talking can be helpful. But even more helpful is actually seeing the project. Luckily, you can, with Structurally Speaking’s sophisticated design software. They use leading technology to render three-dimensional graphics of the possibilities. Plus, they will present at least 2 options based on your desires. So, you will have choices as to which of the options best suits your needs. And every presentation includes a scaled drawing showing all elevations and viewpoints. Have a clear understanding of how the project will look before construction ever begins.
  3. Project Construction—this is where the fun really begins. Structurally Speaking takes a professional approach on every job. And they seek to make it as enjoyable and stress-free as possible for customers. This means being thorough, respectful, and attentive on every project. Best of all, they know that this type of construction can be intrusive. So, they make it a point to minimize this intrusion as much as possible. That way, your family can carry on with its normal, everyday life. Have a homeowner’s association that requires paperwork? They can help with permits, and other required documents.

Schedule Your Design Consultation Today

Structurally Speaking was founded in 2008 with the goal of helping Triangle-area homeowners. When it comes to building local projects, the national companies are there to make a big profit and move on. Local contractors want you to refer them to your friends and family. That’s why Structurally Speaking takes a customer-first approach to each and every project. And Structurally Speaking knows the Triangle area better than any other deck builder. So, they know the types of styles, designs, and materials that work best in the area. In fact, they have many satisfied customers throughout Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Apex, Hillsborough, Carrboro, Holly Springs, and beyond.

Interested in learning more or even taking the first step? All it takes is filling out their easy-to-use contact form to get things rolling. Just provide your name, contact information, and preferred date and time. They will work to schedule your consultation. Not ready to take the step just yet? Or, maybe you have a question or two before you’re ready? You can also leave a question or comment on the form. They will contact you personally within 48 hours with an answer.

So, give the experts a call at 919-786-4825 to get started on your dream deck today!

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.

The Best Deck Builders Near Me in the Triangle

 

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North Carolina is lucky in that the state doesn’t generally have to deal with extreme cold. Aside from the absolute coldest days of winter and hottest days of summer, the weather is ideal. And when spring is in full bloom, it is the perfect time to re-prioritize outdoor living for your entire family. And what better way for your family to enjoy the weather than on a custom deck that complements your property? A new deck is the centerpiece of an outdoor living space that will keep adults and kids alike entertained all summer long. So, if you’re looking for the best deck builders near me then look no further. Structurally Speaking is the Triangle area’s top deck builder and a leader throughout the entire state. Their friendly experts can help design your dream deck and make sure you’re satisfied. They take a customer-first approach from design all the way through construction to make sure every customer is happy. Structurally Speaking has been the Triangle area’s leading deck building contractor for more than a decade. They can design and build the deck or patio that makes the perfect use of the space on your property. Don’t trust such an important project to a builder with less experience.

The Best Deck Builders Near Me

When someone is planning to buy a new deck, what are the things they should consider? Of course, price is at the top of the list. But quality should also be at the top. And having quality anything comes from hiring an expert. Structurally Speaking can make your dreams come true all year long with their deck design and construction. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy beautiful flowers blooming and renewed landscaping. In summer, a deck is the perfect place for a party or to grill out at in the evening. Even the fall brings crisp air and falling leaves, but sunny days can still be perfect to enjoy your outside spaces.

A good deck builder should build the right deck for your home. That means not pushing any one product but delivering on what you’re looking for. That’s exactly why Structurally Speaking takes a customer-first approach. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a real wood deck. Perhaps you want the added durability and easy maintenance of a composite deck. No matter what you have in mind, Structurally Speaking can show you the options and even help you choose. Then, they will bring your exact vision to life using only the finest materials and techniques. Whether you know exactly what you want or need some help, the experts at Structurally Speaking can help. Need some inspiration? Check out their gallery to see what they’ve done for other clients.

Perhaps most importantly, a deck builder should make the process fun and enjoyable. After all, the whole point of adding a deck is to enjoy it with your family, right? So, why should the process of making that a reality be so stressful? Structurally Speaking doesn’t believe it has to be. That’s why the best deck builders near me should be process-oriented to ensure that success is repeatable with every project.

A Process that Delivers Results

Remodeling existing decking or building a new one shouldn’t be stressful. In fact, with Structurally Speaking, it can be fun and enjoyable. They use a three-step process that ensures every project comes out perfectly.

  1. Initial Consultation—the first step is a free, no-obligation consultation with owner Jim Brennan. Jim meets every client personally in order to demonstrate how important each and every customer is. During this step, Jim will listen to understand just what you’re looking for. He asks a series of questions to uncover your specific functional and aesthetic goals. Then, their team will take extensive photographs and measurements as well as a physical survey of your yard. Jim will also discuss what you have in mind as far as budget, as that is one of the primary focuses for all customers.
  2. Design Presentation—after the initial consultation, Structurally Speaking will schedule a design presentation. During this important step, they will use leading technology to help you visualize the project. They will also present numerous design options as well as their recommendations, all customized for your home. That way, you can choose the design that you like best. Plus, this presentation includes scaled drawing showing all elevations and viewpoints. This way, you get a very accurate idea of what the project will look like before construction begins.
  3. Project Construction—after the first steps are completed to your satisfaction, construction begins. This is the most exciting part of the process! Right from the beginning, Structurally Speaking will make sure it is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. That includes being thorough, respectful, and attentive throughout the entire project. They minimize intrusion so your family can carry on with your normal, everyday life. Plus, they can help with documents, permits, and other documents required by homeowner associations and local regulations.

What is a Composite Deck?

Composite decking uses a mix of wood fiber, plastic, and a binding agent. A composite deck offers many benefits over traditional wood decking, including:

  • Durability—sure, hardwood looks and feels great at first. But composite materials resist fading, staining, scratching, and mold. So, unlike wood, they won’t crack or rot over the lifetime of the deck. Plus, they are insect-proof and splinter-free. This makes them perfect for families with young children and pets.
  • Maintenance—wood also requires constant upkeep. With a composite deck you don’t need to sand, stain, or paint—ever. All you need to do is occasionally use soap and water to clean dirt and debris. So, they last—and look beautiful and new—for decades. Many composites even come with a fade and stain warranty for added peace of mind.
  • Design—composite boards feature wood grain patterns and rich colors. And the options for colors are virtually endless. From deep earth tones to fiery reds and cool greys, these boards can match your exact style. Plus, they pair perfectly with railing and stairs, gates, and more to match for a custom outdoor living area.
  • Sustainability—one of the best aspects of composite is that they look and feel just like real wood. But unlike real wood, they don’t have a detrimental effect on the environment. Composite boards are made from recycled content, including reclaimed wood and recycled plastic from grocery bags.
  • Value—composite decks offer tremendous value. Sometimes, the initial cost of composite decks can be higher than their traditional wood counterparts. However, they more than make up for it in the long run. Factoring in maintenance and upkeep, composite decks offer more value and even pay for themselves in roughly 10 years. They also add to the value of your home, when you decide to sell. The no-maintenance aspect is a huge selling point! Also, decks are becoming a staple on home buyers’ lists of requirements.

Go Big with the Ultimate Luxury

A deck is one of the greatest places to enjoy the outdoors. But what can make a deck even better? By taking it up a notch with a hot tub deck or designing a deck around a pool or water feature.

There aren’t many places more relaxing than a hot tub deck from Structurally Speaking. Hot tubs are like portals to a world of relaxation and tranquility. Just imagine being able to melt away the stress of the day in the comfort of your own deck. Forget about work, nosy neighbors, and recharge as often as you’d like. But, a hot tub deck from Structurally Speaking is more than just a relaxing luxury. Hot tub decks can also provide a big return on investment. In fact, decks provide an average of 76% return on investment. Not to mention the significant health benefits hot tubs can provide. That makes a hot tub deck the perfect choice for many Triangle families.

Love the outdoors but also the convenience of modern life? A 3 season porch lets you enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of nature without the bugs or weather. Escape into the shade or watch TV while also watching nature.

With so many choices, how do you know which one is right for your home? Let the experts at Structurally Speaking help. They have the experience and the expertise to help guide you in each decision. Just let them know what your purpose is for your deck—entertaining, relaxing, cooking, or more. Then, they will help you pick the right size for your yard and for your plans.

Flexible, Friendly Financing Options

Structurally Speaking is committed to giving Triangle-area residents an outdoor living area that is right for them. But in these uncertain economic times, saving for a project like this can be challenging. Still, there is no better time to enjoy the outdoors then the upcoming season. And when we’re all spending so much more time at home, what better way to pass the time?

Structurally Speaking is here to help. They have worked with many customers on financing options for a new deck or porch. After all, financing is a great way to own a car or home, so why not an addition to your home? Just give them a call or fill out their contact form to ask what options are available. They have years of experience helping other customers. So, they can help you find the right option for you. That way, you can go ahead and start enjoying your deck right away.

The Triangle’s Leading Contractor

There are many companies out there that claim to be the leader in deck building and other home improvements. Often times, these are large, nationwide companies with resources stretched too thin. So, don’t take a chance on some large corporation that doesn’t have the feel for a personal touch. Structurally Speaking knows the Triangle area better than any other deck builder. They know what materials and designs work best in this area. That’s because they have experience to rely on. Founded in 2008, Structurally Speaking has helped many local customers with decks and porches. They have many satisfied customers in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Apex, Hillsborough, Carrboro, Holly Springs, and beyond. Check out their many highly-rated reviews to see how they’ve helped other local customers.

In that time, they have built a reputation as the area leader. This is in no small part due to their personalized approach to customer service. Their friendly team of experts wants you to have the custom deck of your dreams. So, they focus on the customer—all the way from an initial design through construction. And, after all, it’s a pretty simple concept. Your family is going to enjoy your deck for decades to come. So, it should match your style and offer the improved quality of living you deserve.

So, give them a call today at 919-786-4825 to see how they build the deck of your dreams!