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A DECK PROJECT START TO FINISH: PART TWO

In  Part One of this walk through a deck project, the Los Angeles deck builder and client reached full and informed agreement on the design and costs. Both parties signed a contract with full hearts and confidence. Before any building can begin, however, there are...

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A DECK PROJECT START TO FINISH: PART ONE

Adding a deck is something a Los Angeles area homeowner without one naturally comes to think of.  And why not? After all, our incomparable climate and vistas make outdoor living a SoCal tradition. In our business, there’s no need to convince clients of the value of a...

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DECK OR PATIO?

Deck or patio? Of course, we know they’re different, decks and patios. But how different? What’s the big deal? They’re flat, solid, outdoor platforms. We can put furniture and fixtures on them. They both make it possible to enjoy our outdoor space without getting our...

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DECK DREAMS COME TRUE

In Southern California, of course, our incomparable climate and terrain beg us to live out of doors. Hence, our yards are very much a part of our home’s living space. There are, after all, plenty of outdoor upgrades that make those spaces more attractive and more...

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DECK WITH TIMBERTECH

Timbertech was founded in 1997 and quickly became one of the best-known makers of composite decking. In 2012, Azek, another manufacturer familiar to deck builders, acquired Timbertech. The Azek line is now known as Timbertek Azek.  The former Timbertech decking...

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MATERIALS FOR DECKS

Choosing deck materials is a very personal matter. Hence, there’s no “best material” that’s best for all clients. Each material has it’s unique properties. It’s own set of trade-offs. By analogy, a new Korean compact SUV is the best choice for one driver, a...

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DRIVEWAY TIME

Pavers are the elite-level solution for driveway upgrades, coming in a dazzling variety of materials, shapes, colors, and sizes. The design possibilities are limited only by imagination and, of course, budget.  Some of the clay, brick, and natural stone pavers can...

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PERGOLA PRIMER

The word “pergola” came down to us from the late Latin “pergula," and to Spanish as “la pérgola," and all three refer to the same thing. A pergola was a great thing in Roman times and is today, too. Useful, versatile, economical, sturdy, and when adequately styled and...

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OASIS SPACES

A place apart from the frantic world, out of doors but sheltering. Secluded, though not barricaded. Comforting and comfortable.  A tract of peace, away from it all. An oasis. The word and the idea come down to us from the caravan trade routes through the vast deserts...

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BEAUTY AND THE BATHROOM

Bathrooms are the most purely functional spaces in a home, rooms where business is taken care of, and that’s pretty much it. Above all else, bathrooms and everything in them have to work. That said, we do spend between 2 and 3 years of our lives, all told, in the...

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