Deck Design Limitations – Pt 2

So last post we talked about some of the realistic considerations that must be taken into account when designing your dream deck. Each deck and property owner has their own limitations to deal with prior to settling on a design, and just to help flesh out some of the potential concerns, we’d like to cover [...]

Deck Design Limitations – Pt. 1

As with anything, deck design does have a certain set of limitations. Over the past few weeks we covered the process of brainstorming your dream deck, but what good is a dream deck when its limitations exceed its possibilities? There are a certain set of circumstances that reign in the infinite options within deck design. [...]

Designing Your Dream Deck – Pt 2

In our last blog, we introduced you to the idea of designing your own deck and breaking out of the generic, predictable decks to build an outdoor living space that fits with your home, family, and lifestyle. We covered the topics of brainstorming, acknowledging your wants and needs, and evaluating your lifestyle and personality.  Today, [...]

Designing your Dream Deck – Pt. 1

Here at Garuda Decks, we help homeowners design and build the custom deck of their dreams. In this blog series we are going to look at a few steps in designing your dream deck. This week we’re starting with step #1: Brainstorming. Brainstorming When a home owner decides to build a deck onto their house, [...]

3 Important Considerations in Pool Decking

In the south east, pools are a popular home addition to help beat the sweltering heat.  A trend we have seen recently is the addition of an above ground pool surrounded by decking. This achieves the addition of a seemingly “built-in” pool without the mess and hassle of digging up your back yard. Most likely, [...]

Repairing Storm Damaged Decks

Recently, the Raleigh and Cary area of NC was struck by a dangerous band of tornados that left a wake of devastation throughout our area. As our city is beginning to recover, we wanted to share a few tips on how to deal with storm damage to your fence or deck. Survey the situation- Even [...]

What Makes a Good Carpenter?

At Garuda Custom Decks, we pride ourselves on being a team of skilled carpenters, capable of creating decks that exceed our expectations, every time. However, carpentry is more complicated than it seems, and although there are many timeless aspects of carpentry that weathers the ages, such as an understanding of woodworking, tools, and structures, there [...]

Builder Magazine lists Raleigh-Cary as the Healthiest housing market in the US.

In case you missed it, Builder magazine announced their 2011 list of Housing Market Health Index with our very own Raleigh/Cary market at number one! Here is their blurb: Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina: Market Health Indicator: 86.9 2011 Building Permit Forecast: 9,604 Percent Change in Building Permits: 90% Raleigh builders sense that their market may be [...]

Synthetic Decking-The Benefits and Drawbacks of Artificial Wood

Sugar or high fructose corn syrup? Cotton or polyester? Wood or a synthetic alternative? We at Garuda Decks take the guess work out of choosing building materials by providing the pros and cons of synthetic decking.

Top 10 Deck Building Mistakes

There are many areas in which deck builders often cut corners, which can be dangerous. We have compiled a list of common building mistakes to avoid when considering a new deck.