Recent Decks Articles

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Dad Teaches Kids How to Build Their Own Home

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 29, 2013

Our parents teach us lots of things throughout life, including, we hope, some useful life skills. One father in Oregon decided to take that to what some might view as an extreme, and...

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6 Home Improvement Tasks You Might Leave to Pros

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 10, 2013

Some home improvement tasks are best left to the pros, unless you're very confident, very skilled, and very ready to get them done right. If you fail, you'll find yourself with problems...

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Three Really Good Reasons to Build a Deck

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Apr 30, 2013

Maybe you are on the fence (or the deck railing) about building a deck. You'd like to have one, but you're just not sure if you want to go for it. Between finding the right contractor,...

A stone patio replaces a deck. (ChuckCollier/

Building a Porch vs. a Patio

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Mar 31, 2013

Are you thinking of hiring a deck builder to build a new porch or deck for your house? While it could be a good investment, it might not be the most effective expenditure. If you need...

Belle Harbor in Far Rockaway, Queens, after Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Vern Leon and Simon Oz Ben Natan.

My Friend Weathered Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Nov 01, 2012

My friend, Simon Oz Ben Natan, stuck out Hurricane Sandy just three blocks from the beach in Far Rockaway, Queens. The basement of his building sustained damage, but flood waters did...

Flagstone patio and photo by Kevin Stevens of KMS Woodworks

A Flagstone Patio Replaces an Old Rotten Deck

Posted by Kevin Stevens | Sep 28, 2012

A Denver area carpentry client of mine was looking at a replacing an old deck. Years and years of weather and a slack maintenance plan had put this deck into a state of ugliness...

We Tested It: How Hot Decking Materials Get

Posted by Kevin Stevens | Aug 24, 2012

Earlier this summer I was reading an article about some folks who installed some aluminum decking. As a Denver-area deck builder and contractor it got me thinking about the thermal...

If you want to remove a hot tub, here's what you need to know. (Photo: Melvin Green /

How to Remove a Hot Tub

Posted by Kevin Stevens | Aug 08, 2012

Over the years as a Denver-area remodeling contractor, I have both installed some hot tubs and removed some. The removal process is not that complicated, but still involves some planning....