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Custom Decks - Gazebos - Pergolas
Wood Decks & Composite (Trex®) Decking

A deck can mean a simple wooden platform, or an elaborate outdoor living area. Today's
decking is more advanced, with a multitude of material choices.

Looking for beautiful, affordable custom wood decks, composite decking and garden bridges?
ReNew designs and builds custom and high end wooden decks which reflect the architectural
style of your home.

Call us today to set up your free in-home consultation. Let our designers show you the
possibilities of your simple deck or your new outdoor living area. A & B Group is Northwest
Indiana's premier deck designer/builder.
Wood, Arbors, Pergolas, Patio Covers & Trellises

Looking for beautiful, affordable wood arbors, dining pergolas, patio covers and garden
trellises? A & B designs and builds custom and high end wood arbors to reflect the
architectural style of your home.

A & B creates well built structures that give you a good return on your investment. We do all
the work ourselves, so you don't have to deal with subcontractors or construction delays based
on the missed scheduling of the various contractors involved.
Prices For A Fine Wood or Composite
Deck

The prices below are for well built wood or
composite decks that look good and last for
years. Unfortunately, not all wood decks are
built well, and it can be difficult for a layman to
tell the difference between a well built deck
and one that will start having problems in a
few years. Good quality material and
hardware, combined with superior building
skills, make all the difference.

The cost depends on the type of deck you are
looking for: basic, custom or high end.
To get an idea of what it will cost, first measure (or estimate) the length and width. Multiply
these together to get the square footage (example 12' x 12' = 144 sq/ft). This is the size of your
new deck. Then pick a price range, and multiply by the low and high numbers. A more
expensive wood or composite, built-in benches, access gates, overhead arbors and special
features can increase the cost.

A basic deck costs between $18 - $25 per square foot and includes a simple frame usually not
made with pressure treated wood, decking, railing, and access stairs.

A custom wood deck runs from $25 to $45 per square foot and includes a unique design to
compliment the style and layout of your home with a substructure of pressure treated lumber.

A high end deck is made of the highest quality woods and hardware, and incorporates
built-ins, multiple levels, and lots of craftsmanship details. The cost can range from $45 to $90
per square foot.
Design Elements for Wood Decks & Composite Decks

The style of your deck or outdoor living area is created with design and construction
components. By changing these key design elements and details, you can create a specific
style or a totally unique design:

  • size of beams and railing posts
  • deck board pattern
  • railing size and shape
  • beam ends & post caps styles
  • stairs
  • joinery techniques
  • bridge span size and shape
  • custom touches (decorative beam end cuts, wood inletting, and finials)
  • wood texture and finish
  • metalwork & lighting

Harmonizing Your Deck With Your Home & Garden

Your deck or bridge should harmonize with your garden landscaping, as well as the style of
your home:

  • a formal structure for a formal garden
  • a classic design for a classically laid out garden
  • a flowing design for a garden with swept paths and flowing planting borders
  • If your home has a distinctive architectural or artistic style, you may want to have
    your deck match it. For example:

Modern & Asian Decks ~ Start with a simple yet elegant design that highlights the natural
beauty of the wood, the simplicity of the design or the versatility of composites. Keep the
construction details hidden or make them an integral part of the design. Create interest with
deck patterns which highlight the natural grain of the wood. Use subtle or traditional lighting to
create a night time mood and accent design details.

Craftsman Decks ~ We like to use smooth planed wood beams and a simple decking pattern.
For a more Greene & Greene look, you can round the edges of beams, posts and railings.
Then embellish with craftsman style arbors/trellises, lighting fixtures and copper accents.

Spanish, Mission & Southwestern Decks ~ Use natural wood for decking, stairs and
simple, sturdy railings. Add in period corbels, decorative beam end cuts and post caps, along
with rustic metalwork and lighting sources.

Medieval & Mediterranean Decks ~ Start with heavy beams and posts and assemble them
using simple period joinery. Carved accents, decorative metalwork and candle lanterns are
nice finish accents. Stain or paint in a dark color.

In addition, the overall dimensions should also fit with the proportions of your home, garden,
patio or stream. And if your deck encloses a tree or other landscaping, the final mature size of
plants and trees should be factored into the design.



Design Criteria & Location Considerations for Wood Decks & Outdoor Living
Areas

Use ~ The most important design factor is how the structure will be used. The type of use (and
how much it will have to withstand) determines many design requirements. Primary uses for
decks include: viewing the garden, sunbathing, weekend entertaining, alfresco dining,
children’s play area, summer sleeping porch, container gardening area, and outdoor cooking /
BBQing. Primary needs for patio covers include: shade, heat reduction, and support for
overhead lighting, plants or hanging pots. Bridges span gullys and waterways and provide
convenient access to hard to reach areas. Other design issues include:

  • decking pattern and spacing
  • railings (style, height, spacing, cutouts)
  • access (stairs, step downs, ramps, landings, bridges and handicapped access)
  • built-ins to increase functionality (storage, benches, hot tubs, barbecue, fire pit,
    sandbox)
  • overhead patterns (beams, lattice, slats, shade cloth)

Size & Shape ~ The size of the project should be in proportion to the house and garden.
Decks and bridges can include multiple levels, reflect the landscape, enclose a tree, or curve
around a house, pool or rock formation. Railings can be curved to follow the lines of the deck
or bridge span.

Access ~ Convenient and safe access to and from the house and garden is provide by stairs
and pathways. In many cases, decks and patio covers are placed immediately off living or
dining room french doors to facilitate easy access and extend entertaining areas.

View ~ A deck or bridge provides a natural place to gather and view the garden. Consider
what you want to see while sitting and standing, and what needs to be screened for privacy. A
patio cover can limit your overhead view, as well as block visibility from upstairs windows (yours
or your inquisitive neighbors).

Sunlight ~ The location of the deck and the amount of shade provided by the patio cover
should be based on the path of the sun, the primary usage times during the day and seasons
as well as the peak and average sunlight and heat levels. Furniture (table, seating, built-ins
and equipment) should be placed for convenience and sunlight/shade preferences.

Wind ~ Strong or prevailing winds can create a need for an area of wind resistance or
protection, as well as the need to take into account the path of smoke and embers when
locating barbecues and fire pits.

Water ~ Excessive moisture (from rain, hosing down, sprinklers and deep shade) can lead to
premature aging and structural damage from rot and termites, as well as musty smells. Decks
and patio covers should be designed to shed rain and dew readily and facilitate good drainage
away from site. They should also be raised high enough off the ground to provide adequate
ventilation and air flow underneath. To prevent rot, it is critical that the water drains away from
under the deck. Plant containers need to be moveable or raised so overflow or draining water
from the pots will not rot the deck in spots.

Material & Design Options for Wood Decks & Outdoor Living Areas

Materials ~ To maximize the life of your deck, the frame should be built of pressure treated
lumber with supports set in steel column bases. The decking and superstructure materials can
be made of Redwood, Mangaris™ (Red Balau), Ironwoods (such as Ipe) or a fabricated wood
decking composite like Trex™.

Finishes ~ Heat and light contribute to weathering, so a UV protective finish is important.
Stains (clear, tinted, or solid) and paint are popular finish choices.

Decking ~ Deck patterns provide visual interest. Optional vents and wider spacing of deck
boards may be needed to augment under deck ventilation.

Metalwork ~ Accents, such as copper post caps or blackened iron joining straps, can
enhance the style of the deck.

Lighting ~ To illuminate steps, railings, decking and activity areas, lighting and lanterns can
be set in post tops, used as finials, hung off overhangs or placed into or under the decking.

Selecting The Right Wood or Composite For Your Deck

To make sure you are delighted with your custom deck -- you want to choose the right building
material. The popular wood and composite choices allow you to make trade-offs in terms of
cost, quality, color, visual appearance, ease of maintenance and the ability to resist the
elements (water, sun and pests).

You need to select materials for ...

  • The substructure (also known as framing) used to support the weight of the
    structure
  • The wood used for decking, trim and railings

Wood For Framing & Substructures

The first type of wood to choose is for your substructure, the hidden framing you never see
that is under your deck boards.

Pressure Treated Wood ~ For hidden framing, We only use pressure treated lumber. This
wood is treated with a variety of chemicals to make it resistant to termites and rot. In the last
few years, a major change has been made to the preservatives used -- they are safer for the
environment but less effective.

Redwood ~ For visible framing, such as railings, posts and cross pieces, you can upgrade to
redwood for a better appearance.

Wood Choices For Deck Boards & Decking

There are several popular choices for decking. Once you have chosen the boards, We pick
the appropriate wood for your trim, posts and railings. Based on your needs and budget, We
can build decks out of other woods and composite materials ... but these are the most popular.

Redwood ~ A distinctive pink/red colored wood which ages to gray. The red heartwood is
naturally resistant to damage from termites and moisture. Any white part of a redwood board,
known as sapwood, has little resistance to termites and rot. I use Construction Grade Heart
Redwood, commonly known as Con Heart (see photo), which has no sapwood and some knots.
I can also use more expensive grades of redwood, if your budget permits.

Mangaris™ (Red Balau) ~ A dense grained, reddish-brown hardwood from
Indonesia/Thailand that ages to a silver gray like Teak. It stains up like Mahogany and is more
durable than Redwood. It costs about 10-20% more than redwood and is moderately more
labor intensive. See the rich color of the unstained wood.

"Ironwoods" ~ A chocolate brown family of heavy and durable South American hardwoods,
including Ipe and Pau Lope. They offer excellent termite and weather resistance. However,
they are considerably more labor intensive and it costs about 10 - 20% more than redwood.

Composites ~ The best known of these new decking materials is Trex™, an extremely durable
mix of wood fibers (sawdust) and recycled plastics. It requires no staining, painting,
waterproofing, or regular wood maintenance. However, urban legend has it that squirrels love
using Trex edges to sharpen their teeth. New composites are coming on the market every day
and research on the Internet will yield lots of options. Many colors and grains are available.
Design Guide For
Wood Decks,
Composite Decks &
Outdoor Living Areas

This design guide provides
deck design ideas to help
you develop a great
design, select the best
location, and identify the
right deck material for
needs and budget.
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