Fantastic! Two Story Deck with Roofs in East Cobb!

Summer is the best time for hitting the pool, grilling out, and entertaining outside. What do you do, then, when your deck is showing its age? You renovate!

This East Cobb family’s 30-year-old home had been having some issues inside and out. The two-story deck was rotting and small. The house sits right on a small lake, so it has a beautiful view. 

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Previously, the homeowners used Atlanta Curb Appeal for basement and bathroom remodels. Since they were already very pleased with those results, they hired us again for this fabulous deck and porch upgrade. 

It took 3 months to complete the magnificent porch project. We removed the old decks, added deep new footings, and put a roof on the top deck. Atlanta Curb Appeal used pressure-treated lumber and cedar. This lumber is treated with a preservative at high pressure to preserve the life of the wood for decades.

A gorgeous cedar was used for inside the porch only for a better look and feel.

The family also chose a new screen technology called “Mesh Guard” for the upper deck. The material and frames are much stronger than traditional screen porch material, so it eliminates the need for railing and pickets. This allows for a more unobstructed view. This new product took a little bit longer to install, but the result is a beautiful, clear view of the backyard and pond behind the house. 

Neighbors stopped by often to check out the results and were impressed with the consistently clean worksite. 

The homeowners are in love with the result and are enjoying their new outdoor space every day!

Atlanta Curb Appeal pro tip: If you are considering deck remodels, consider the cost of materials before you begin! Also, consider the maintenance required. Each house is different, but Atlanta Curb Appeal recommends you keep an eye on how the wood is aging and fix what is needed. The longer you wait, the bigger and more expensive it is to fix. For PT lumber, Atlanta Curb Appeal recommends homeowners to pressure wash and re-stain every 2-3 years to extend the life of the wood.

Want to read another Deck Makeover story? We called this one a Million Dollar Deck with all the custom upgrades including built in outdoor kitchen.

Dramatic Backyard Makeover East Cobb

Dramatic Backyard Makeover in East Cobb

Originally, this East Cobb homeowner found Atlanta Curb Appeal through mutual friends. They were looking to upgrade their backyard into a place that the whole family could enjoy. For 10 years, they had lived there getting by with a simple unscreened deck. Unfortunately, during the hot and mosquito-filled Georgia summers, it was not exactly the most pleasant place.

Their original deck was plain and was not finished underneath, and in the backyard, an old playhouse got little use. This family has 3 fabulous kids that love the outdoors, and the dad really wanted a screened porch and a bigger deck. He got his wish!

It was a large project to undertake. First, Atlanta Curb Appeal had to remove the old deck completely and start from the footings up. Then, a post was added and new beams.
A brand new screened porch was built on top of the new large, long deck. It’s amazing how much usable space was created!

After completing the deck, an underdeck was finished with a dry below system to collect the water from above. This ensures that the water from the top level does not penetrate to those sitting underneath on the new stylish outdoor furniture.

Atlanta Curb Appeal also added some visual panache by dressing up the columns, screen frames, and posts with cedar. Cedar is truly a gorgeous choice for decks. Wood stains were also applied to increase durability and to add color. It’s fun to have options! The flooring that was chosen for this new East Cobb deck and porch was also cedar. While most people choose pressure-treated pine in the South for savings, the cedar is a beautiful wood that allows the deck to smell and look fabulous! It’s worth it if it’s in the budget!

Finally, a completely new playhouse was built for the family. Atlanta Curb Appeal insulated it like a real house; however, electricity and water were not added at this time. The kids are already in love!

The results are in. The family is thrilled and are happily using every part of the new renovations. Additionally, a new gabled roof and big cedar beams and groove cedar ceiling planks were installed on the front of the house. Talk about new curb appeal!

This project was large in size and took about two months. This is a bit longer than normal, but due to its scope and some COVID-19 supply issues, it was a great accomplishment.

Are you ready to see what Atlanta Curb Appeal can do for your new backyard? Schedule a consultation with Avi and Andy.

Want to read another makeover story? See this Million Dollar Deck we built one summer.

Top Things to Consider When Building a New Deck – Part II – Deck Materials

Here’s are the top things to consider when building a new deck. Today we discuss deck materials. Go here to read Atlanta Curb Appeal’s part 1 of our series about initial considerations when building a new deck.

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When choosing material for your deck, is there a right or wrong choice?

Does your family have large or narrow budget?

What size and shape will suit your family needs?

Here is an overview of the materials typically used for building new decks:

Cedar Decks: This wood has been a popular choice for decks in Marietta, East Cobb and Buckhead for several decades.   It is available in both a sap (knotty) and heartwood grade (clear kiln dried). Left untreated it will eventually turn silvery gray and then to a very dark brown. Decks made from cedar need to be thoroughly sealed to protect it from the elements. The lifespan of a cedar deck is between a 10 to 15 years in the South but performs much better in other parts of the country.  It is resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Preservative treatment/sealing is recommended.

Hardwood Decks: These include products such as, Ironwood, Mahogany, and Epee. These exotic hardwoods are popular for their toughness and durability. They do not require a maintenance program to keep them looking good. If a protective stain is not used they will turn an attractive silver color, but still need to be cleaned to ward off algae growth.
These hardwoods cost more, but seem to be durable and look very nice. If you wish to keep the rich beauty of your exotic hardwood deck, you will have a good bit of routine maintenance, either yearly or sometimes twice a year. Keep this in mind when budgeting your new deck project.

Pressure-Treated Decking: The idea behind pressure treated wood is to make it last longer and keep your deck from rotting.  After all, decks can be a significant investment, so who wants to be replacing them every 10-15 years?

Since pressure treated wood was first invented, significant improvements have been made to keep it from fading, warping and twisting. Today, there are better grades available, added preservatives as well as stains and sealers that all add to your deck’s lifespan.
It is available in nearly every lumber outlet – in various grades and in common lumber dimensions plus 5/4 (spoken five-quarter) decking profiles.

Composite Decking: This is a low maintenance product that was introduced in the 90’s. The material has evolved and improved over years and is now mainly made from PVC.  Decks made from composite material are often seen on commercial properties.

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Atlanta Curb Appeal is the leader Marietta, GA, East Cobb, GA and Buckhead, GA deck building. Our crews are top notch, we show up and finish on time. Our turnaround on quotes is always a nice surprise to our new customers and the fact that we come in on budget astounds others. Allow our owner, trained architect Avi Moyal, build you a deck that’s structurally sound, fully functional and gorgeous to boot!

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Top 5 Things To Consider When Building a Deck Part 1

Although summer is winding down, residents of East Cobb, Marietta and Buckhead can enjoy outdoor decks most of the year thanks to our mild Georgia weather. Outdoor decks are consistently listed as one of the top 5 home investments where you can see return on your investment. So whether you’re considering a new deck to sell your home faster or simply for your own enjoyment, here are some things to consider:

  1. Consider the architectural style of your home and select a deck style that will integrate naturally.  For example, if you have a modern home, then you will want clean, simple lines rather than ornate woodwork.
  2. Decks are a great way to cover up some exterior flaws and enhance your outdoor living experience . In these pictures below Atlanta Curb Appeal was able to build around the outdoor water panel and keep it hidden with beautiful slats.Hiding a water tank with custom woodwork
  3. If your backyard has plenty of tall trees, inherent to Georgia terrain, then your grass may be suffering from a lack of sunshine. A great way to cover up dull lawn that refuses to grow, is to add a wooden deck and turn our backyard into an area perfect for playing and entertaining.
  4. Don’t forget about adding shade with a pergola. Hanging out on the deck while protected from direct sunlight is one of life’s delights. Hang a hammock, set up some outdoor furniture and now you have an additional space to entertain or relax.
  5. Decks aren’t just for back yards. Depending on your home’s landscape, sometimes a front yard deck is the right solution

    Front Deck Photo Credit Art Gray

    Better Homes and Garden; Photo Credit: Art Gray

  6. And one extra tip for good luck! When choosing material for your deck, remember there is no right or wrong choice. Your decision will be based on your family needs and budget, the good news is that the range is wide, so get a free estimate to see what your options truly are.

Our next blog post will cover the variety of material available for decks.

Atlanta Curb Appeal is an exterior and interior contractor working in Marietta, East Cobb and Buckhead, GA neighborhoods. We build decks, outdoor living spaces, pergolas, sun rooms and more. Our customers appreciate our fast turnaround on estimates, that we show up and finish on time and finally that we don’t tack on funny charges at the end. We know how to bid a job because owner Avi Moyal is trained as a technical architect.

Check out our beautiful website, to get inspired with more great curb appeal ideas.