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Rochester Outdoor Articles

Screened-in porches enhance outdoor living

Screened-in porches have become a focal point for many homes. Experts explain some of the latest trends in porches and how to get them ready for spring.

Outdoor living made easier for Dallas homeowner with new pavilion, kitchen

A Dallas resident turned an unused pool and shoddy deck into a living space complete with a pavilion and outdoor kitchen. Read about the details of the work.

3 factors to consider when building a deck or patio

It is essential that you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish and then find the right contractor to bring your plans for a deck or patio area to fruition.

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An exciting part of planning your new deck involves choosing the right decking for your lifestyle. Learn the maintenance required for each of your options.

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Rochester Outdoor Living Reviews

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"I had
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of TS decks tear down a rotting deck and build an entirely new one out of cedar, and I think he did a great job. I got five bids, and
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was in the middle in price but I went with him for two reasons: he really seemed to understand how I wanted the deck to look, and second, he had several references that were excellent, including a neighbor only two blocks away. During the design and permit process, I developed concerns about the placement of the support posts and
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was willing to re-design the deck and submit new plans to the permit office, which I really appreciated. The deck is quite high, coming off the second floor of my house, and built on a hill, so the height of the posts varies- but
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got the boards to be perfectly level. The deck went up in just a few days and is extremely solidly built with deep footings. The cedar rail and deckboards look great, and I love the aluminum spindles. I've had it for two years now and there has been no problems with the solidity or wear to the deck. I would recommend
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for any big deck project.
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"The work took longer than originally thought. Told 10 days, and ended up being 3 months. But with any construction you always run into issues, so that didn't surprise me. Other than that, the estimate was right on, and actually the final price was lower than the estimate. The guys he works with are all very professional and trustworthy. Got the jobs done and listened to my ideas and didn't try to sway me away from what I wanted, so that was great.
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"He shows up on time, has terrific sub-contractors who show up and are polite, they all explain what they are doing and allow me input, no communication problems, which I highly value. The work winds up better than I asked for or expected. The
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had to match exactly an old one, to keep the somewhat historic house community-friendly. It is perfect. The old porch columns were so bad I could kick them out (but waited for braces to be in place).
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had the new ones in in a flash. That is part of the charm of working with JCS, things get done before you know they've started.
The wall in the basement -- probably not very difficult, I don't know, but in a spot that needed it and I hadn't thought of it,
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did. He is a very good problem-solver. I keep thinking I am underpaying him, which is quite pleasant, really.
I can't comment much on the main house interior wall yet, it's a big project involving ductwork and electrical lines.
Also,
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is utterly adorable.
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"I had trouble finding a good fence person; a neighbor gave me
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's name, telling me she is very happy with various projects he has undertaken at her house. He came over, listened to what I wanted, basically said "No problem", which is *not* what I had heard from others. He built exactly what I wanted. He even had a landscaping idea that is terrific and pulled down part of his new fence to accommodate the landscaper.

Every "Can you do this?" is met with "Sure." And he does. Very talented, patient, knowledgable, experienced.

The fence is great, as are the other building improvements
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has done.

I will update this review as more work is done. We are planning to remove carpet and
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tile, to gut the kitchen and remodel, and some other large projects.

I have already recommended
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to friends and family, and will continue to do so. I hesitated writing this review because I fear he won't have time for my projects! He is really good.


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Bros extended a window well into a sunken garden,
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turned it into a beauty with cedar
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-and-groove cladding, and steps on each side. The steps are different widths because the cement is different widths -- truly custom-made and lovely.


Latest project: expanding a bath from small, pink-painted asbestos walls to gorgeous tile, stone floor, Universal Design aspects (safety). This project has been a challenge, transitioning from a very poorly-designed area to a pretty and user-friendly design. It has involved (with others on the project) moving the shower drain, figuring ways around tricky, poorly laid-out ducting, pipes that shouldn't have been exposed originally and more.
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is patient and persistent.

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also, over a couple of days, transformed a room at my son's house into a nursery, my son and his wife are delighted.

Update, May 2013
A number of things have got in the way of my letting JSC finish the interior, but the work he has done in the times he has been here impress me a lot. I have partially demolished a very-beautifully built mid-century house, marveling at the rabbetting, dovetail, pegs, etc. I have come to see that
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's work matches or exceeds those standards.
He solves problems easily, and this house has a lot of problems. It makes the whole production pleasant.
Thanks, JCS!
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"Our daughter was married on August 31. We contacted
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to obtain a bid. He provided us with 3 variations of the bid, including cedar, synthetic, and the newer deluxe synthetic decking. We decided to go ahead with a cedar deck, size 16 x 18.
It was a busy summer for
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. We advised him of our timeline. As August marched on, we wondered whether he would get to our project before the wedding (which would have been ok.) When he called about August 15, I told him that we wouldn't want to get things started if he couldn't finish by August 28.
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assured us that he could finish in time.
The crew put up that deck in 4 days! They anticipated only taking out a portion of the patio, but once started,
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called me and told me he thought they should take out all of it, so that water didn't flow toward the foundation when it rained. I agreed. So the design changed to include landscaping plastic covered by river rock under the deck. (The only additional cost to us was for the materials, although the work was increased.)
The deck is beautiful and very well built. We noticed that the supports under the deck were placed 12 inches apart rather than the normal 16 or 18 inches, making the deck that much more solid.
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's design includes cedar 4 X 4 posts, but between the posts are aluminum poles. The 4 X 4s include caps that are very decorative.
Several neighbors commented on the attractive deck and said, "Wow, that sure went up fast!" Recently our lawn care professional left a note about the state of the lawn and added a postscript: "Love the new deck in the back!" We couldn't be more pleased, and feel fortunated to have found
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. This is an unqualified recommendation.

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was here when he said he would be. All staining/sanding/touch-up was completed in one day. A second coat of stain was applied on the front porch railing two days later. The metal spindles were re-attached two days later.
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A Force of Nature Complete Restoration SVC, LLC

3436 CROFFUT PL.S.E.
Washington, DC

A Painting By NHS

424 Manor Ridge Dr
Rochester, MN

Advanced Builders, LLC.

6343 Granite Dr NW
Rochester, MN

Amazing EZ-Screen Porch Windows

401 N 3rd St
Minneapolis, MN

ANDERSON CONSTRUCTION

1404 33rd Drive NE
Austin, MN

Ball Construction LLC

Plainview, MN

Baltic Iron Doors & Naddour's Ornamental Iron

1221 E Warner Ave
Santa Ana, CA

Batzel Builders Inc.

2263 Scenic Point Dr SW
Rochester, MN

BRANDON MARICLE CONSTRUCTION

510 4TH AVE SW
Austin, MN

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north
Birmingham, AL

Capitol Restoration and Repair

2438 21st Ave. N.W.
Rochester, MN

Chris Fritsch Custom Homes LLC

1649 Echo Ridge Rd SW
Rochester, MN

Columbus Exteriors Inc

18529 Hwy 65 NE
Cedar, MN

COOL NIGHTS LLC

6844 10TH AVE SW
Rochester, MN

Creative Decking & Remodeling LLC

215 Pine Ridge Ct SW
Oronoco, MN

Dahl Home Builders Inc

2503 48th St SW
Rochester, MN

Dennis H Einck Remodeling

401 22nd st S W
Rochester, MN

Derby Construction

614 17th St SE
Rochester, MN

Designer Exteriors, Inc

160 Franklin St
Winona, MN

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis, IN