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BRING YOUR LIVING OUTDOORS AND INCREASE THE VALUE TO YOUR HOME

When it comes to adding value to your home, an outdoor living space is at the top. In addition to adding an entirely new living area for you and your family to enjoy, according to Remodeling magazine’s annual “Cost vs. Value Report” a deck addition project returns an average of 80.5% of the original investment – one of the highest values in the survey. When looking to purchase a beautiful home, prospective buyers have come to expect beautiful kitchens and baths. A home with a stunning outdoor living space is not only an unexpected surprise, but it may be the deciding factor when making a purchase.

A home that offers something beyond a living room, family room and kitchen, draws people in, which is why an outdoor living space is one of the hottest trending home improvements today. They provide incredible versatility. It can increase the living space of a smaller home by providing another “room” to entertain and relax. It can take a yard with an unusable grade and transform it into a private “floating room”. Take a stunning home with a boring yard and transform it into a backyard oasis.

Your choices in creating the outdoor living space are literally limitless. Adding a pergola creates both a design element and provides much needed shade in a sunny yard. A built in kitchen is perfect for outdoor family dinners as well as elaborate parties. An amazing curved blue stone deck addition with a fire feature is not only visually stunning, but adds a unique and intimate lounging area. A full outdoor great room in exquisite ipe with a covered structure, gourmet kitchen and bar and custom aluminum rails.

Don’t compromise when it comes to your outdoor living space. Ultimately, you want a space that is beautiful and functional. We can create a space that takes advantage of the outdoors and incorporates it into the existing flow of your home. We feel that outdoor living spaces should be an extension of your home and should flow seamlessly from the interior to the exterior while matching the style and personality of your home. Call Deck Remodelers today to schedule a design consultation. Let us bring your dreams to life! 973-729-2125

DECK REMODELERS OF SPARTA NJ GETS TAPPED FOR NEW SHOW ON HGTV

Premiering April 7, 2015, HGTV is launching a new show titled MEGA DECKS. Each week, viewers will see a different deck project featuring a specific element and provide ideas for transforming your own backyard into an oasis. Projects from Deck Remodelers were chosen for their exceptional design and craftsmanship.

Viewers will be shown materials, such as PVC decking, ipe, cedar or blue stone decking and how each can create a new and different look. The trending features will also be shown. Gone are the days of the standard rectangle. Viewers will see curved decks, custom outdoor kitchens, pergolas and covered structures. Gas fire features and stunning water features that can transform an ordinary yard into a virtual vacation spot will also be featured.

Deck Remodelers is on the cutting edge of the design trends that are transforming the look and feel and function of today’s outdoor living spaces. The WOW factor comes standard with every project, regardless of scale. They focus on the needs and wants of each individual client. That is how they give each client a great experience and exceptional results.

Tune in to MEGA DECKS on HGTV to see the many ways Deck Remodelers can transform your backyard into a luxurious outdoor living space!

BEAT THE WINTER BLUES BY PLANNING FOR THE SPRING!

It’s hard to picture it ever being warm again with the harsh winter we’re experiencing, but it will be here before you know it and if you start now, you’ll be ready!

What better way to fight the winter blues than planning for the warm weather. Planning a new outdoor space is like planning a much anticipated vacation. Create an environment that you never want to leave…in your own backyard!

Maybe you envision a low maintenance PVC deck or the warm, rich look of ipe with a stunning fire feature and outdoor kitchen. Maybe your dream includes built in planters overflowing with flowers and a circular, deck with blue stone. Anything is possible! Call us today and let’s get started!

Deck Remodelers awarded Best Of Houzz 2015!

Deck Remodelers of Sparta, NJ has been awarded

“Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Design and Build Firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“Deck Remodelers doesn’t just sell decks, we sell each client a great experience and exceptional results.”

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Get started on your outdoor living space today and be ready for spring!

NEVER FRY A TURKEY ON A DECK!

Whether it is wood or composite (PVC), NEVER fry a turkey on a deck! Not only could frying your turkey on your deck ruin your deck, it could lead to fire and injury. Gallons of flammable oil could easily spill, burning your wood deck or melting your PVC deck. While you absolutely need to fry that bird outside, do it AWAY from your house.

There are a few other tips for frying your turkey safely.

Make sure your turkey is COMPLETELY thawed. “Almost thawed” is not good enough. Even if the smallest part of your bird is still crispy cold, you could be asking for a hot meets cold disaster.

Don’t use too much oil. A great way to avoid this is with a water test. Put your turkey in the fryer and fill with water to the appropriate line, then remove the turkey and you have the fill line for the oil.

Use the right type of oil. All oils are not created equal. If you use frying oil that has a too low of a smoking point, you risk the whole pot going up in flames. If you use oil that is old and has been used too many times, you also risk the oil going up in flames. A new jug of peanut oil is your best choice. Peanut oil has a high smoking point, lowering your risk of creating a huge disaster in the back yard.

Deck Remodelers wants your family and friends safe and your deck looking amazing!

Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

A RECORD BREAKING 6 NATIONAL DECK AWARDS FOR 2014

Deck Remodelers took home a record breaking 6 national deck award, competing against nominees from across the country who gathered for NADRA’S 10th Anniversary, celebrating innovation, creativity, excellence in design and exceptional craftsmanship. The national deck competition took place at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD on Oct. 23, 2014.

Winning categories were:
Best Alternative Deck over $51K in Franklin Lakes, NJ featured an amazing outdoor great room with tiger wood covered structure with ipe columns and mahogany paneling; a built-in kitchen that incorporates an ice sink and 2 grills; 2 round decks, one made of blue stone, next to a stunning curved helical staircase.

Best Alternative Deck under $50K in Wayne, NJ has bold curves and a unique stone water feature that makes this deck visually stunning as well as a great space to kick back and relax.
Best Wood Deck over $51K in Kinnelon, NJ featured the beautiful richness of ipe in the multi-level deck; a floating curved stairway connects the upper deck to the lower, a unique octagone shaped deck with a blue stone inlay; built-in seating and custom cocktail tables next to the inviting hot tub.

Best Illumination in Franklin Lake, NJ has custom sconces, high hats and a unique fire feature which turns this day time outdoor living space into an evening party space.
Best Unique Feature in Denville, NJ is an awesome 3 level deck with a blue stone turret and gas fire feature. The elevated blue stone deck adds an unexpected natural texture; the open air setting and circular seating around the fire, allows for conversation or quiet reflection.
Sean McAleer and crew build year round and are taking appointments for early Spring 2015. Their goal is to build each client and award winning deck!

Deck Remodelers Heading to National Deck Awards

Owner, Sean McAleer and the Deck Remodelers staff will be heading to Baltimore, MD on October 23, 2014 for the NADRA Awards (North American Deck and Railing Association). The awards ceremony will take place at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD.

The NADRA Awards is an annual, national event which celebrates the best deck designs and builds in the country. The competition will be held in conjunction with the annual Deck Expo and Remodeling conference held this year from October 23rd through the 25th.

Deck Remodelers has won nationally in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 and is looking forward to bringing it home again in 2014. Deck Remodelers has many entries this year from Bergen, Morris, Essex, Passaic and Sussex counties, including NJ Best Alternative Deck Award for 2014. This competition recognizes creativity, innovation and craftsmanship using Ipe, Cedar, Trex, Timbertech, Azek, WOLF and more. Some feature unique elements, such as custom pergolas, floating curved stairs, circular blue stone turrets, and illuminated water features. The competition allows NADRA builders the opportunity to display their best work to the industry. Deck Remodelers brings the creative results of advanced designs and the imaginative use of both materials and craftsmanship with a strong emphasis on detail.

Please visit Deck Remodelers on Facebook to vote for the People’s Choice Award for Best Deck!

Building In The Winter

Being that decks are outdoor projects, predominantly used in the warmer months, clients often wonder if they can be built in the winder. The answer is YES! At times, there are conditions in the winter that are not safe, nor comfortable. We work around these days. We build all year, every year. You can be setting up your new deck on the first day of spring.

We dig “footings” which are the concrete foundations of the deck. One must take extra care when pouring concrete in the winter. We are experts in dealing with this critical part of the winter jobs. Regardless of when synthetics are installed, they must be gapped properly to maintain manufacturer’s specification through year round temperature changes. When working with new synthetics with plastic content, special attention must always be paid to heed expansion and contraction guidelines for installation from the manufacturer.

There are a few advantages to building in the winter. The hard winter ground will keep a deck floor cleaner than in the warmer months. If one is building with a natural material that is prone to sun damage, the first months of the decks “life” is not exposed to intense summer sun and heat. The wood will stabilize gradually. Dormant plants are less affected and you are ready for new plants in the spring.
Winter brings energy zapping cold days and shorter days due to loss of daylight. It usually takes longer to build an outdoor project in the winter, but that’s what we do. Winter projects turn out beautifully and you are enjoying your new deck on the first days of spring!

Preparing Your Deck For Winter

As the last days of summer slip away, the last thing you want to contemplate is the arrival of another winter. But now is the time to look into preparing those exposed areas of your house for the colder months ahead. And “winterizing” your deck or decks needs to be at the top of your list (or close to the top at least). Here are some things to take into consideration:
Weathered gray wood, rust spots and stains from mildew, moss, and algae can ruin the looks of your deck. Even newly built decks require cleaning to remove invisible surface barriers and prevent the adhesions of stains and sealers. Simply sweeping and clearing away debris helps prevent mildew, fungus and algae growth. A further rinsing with a garden hose will remove dirt and grime. More stubborn buildup can be removed by scrubbing the deck with a nonferrous bristle brush and a solution of warm water and a mild detergent.
Once winter has arrived, along with snow and ice, remember some basic facts to protect your deck.
• Don’t shovel your deck to protect the wood. That’s why you built your deck of rot proof wood.
• Don’t shovel your deck to protect the synthetic decking. The plastic in these decks is impervious to snow. Cold winter temperatures may shrink plastic, but it expands back once warmer temperatures return.

When you decide to clear that snow from your deck, what is the best method?
Here are some TIPS:

• Before it snows, make sure there are no nails or screws protruding from the flooring; these can catch a shovel or a foot.
• The best way to clear snow is with a broom. It works well if the snow is light and only a few inches deep. You can sweep it under the rails and more importantly, the broom will not scrape, scratch or gouge your deck.
• If you have only a couple of inches of truly light snow, you can clear a path with a leaf blower.
• When the snow is deep – over four inches – you’ll need a shovel. Make sure you use a plastic shovel with a plastic blade. A metal blade can easily scratch or gouge your deck. Be especially gentle if your deck is cedar or redwood. They are soft woods and most vulnerable to damage. Hard woods like ipe and mahogany will fare better, but all wood is vulnerable. Composite or PVC decking also needs care. While those products are scratch resistant, they are not scratch proof.
• Shovel parallel to the deck boards, not across (perpendicular to) the deck boards. Otherwise the front edge of your shovel will likely catch the edge of the deck board and cause damage.
• Never chop ice on your deck, even with a plastic shovel. You’re guaranteed to also chop your deck. See your manufacturer’s recommendations for chemical remedies that are safe for your particular deck.
Taking the proper steps to maintain and protect your deck throughout the winter season will keep your decks looking great for years to come!

Fall: The Best Time to Build a New Deck

When the leaves change color and the weather starts to become a bit chilly many people think that it’s time to put away the outside furniture and prepare to bundle up and stay snug throughout winter inside of the home. These are the people who are missing out on the best time to turn their outdoor space into a winter wonderland filled with everything they can imagine. Fall is the best time of the year to build a deck after all.

Reasons Why You Should Build a Deck in the Fall

  1. Availability. During the fall season you can take advantage of the “off-season” that occurs when many builders aren’t receiving as many jobs, making them more available to complete projects than in the spring or summer.
  2. Building a deck in fall leads to less of a negative impact on your landscape. During the spring or summer season the weather can range from hot, sweltering days to stormy, rainy days with very little warning. During the winter season the weather is much more bearable. The cooler weather dries out the landscape making it easier to build a deck on the yard without causing any significant damage to your property. When spring rolls around, you will have a beautiful deck and your yard will bounce back greener than ever.
  3. Be ahead of the crowd with your deck construction. Beat the spring rush by beginning your deck construction early. By the time spring arrives, you will be enjoying your new deck without having to worry about how hot it is or dealing with building delays due to bad weather.
  4. You can take advantage of the predictable weather. Weather during the fall season is more predictable than weather during the spring or summer seasons making it easier for your builder to get the job done a shorter amount of time.
  5. Building in the fall can help you save money. Often pre-season incentives, such as deck lighting packages may be offered by builders and/or manufacturers.
  6. Why limit yourself. Most people only envision themselves on their deck during the spring and summer. Why limit yourself. By including a stunning fire feature on your deck, you could be relaxing on your deck through those beautiful fall and winter nights!

Contact Deck Remodelers today at 973-729-2125 or customercare@deckremodelers.com Designing and Building Luxury Outdoor Spaces Since 1994. Follow us on FaceBook.