Homeowner Chooses Cumaru Decking Over Composite Decking Material

Homeowner Chooses Cumaru Decking Over Composite Decking Material
wood foot bridge

wood foot bridge

Angie’s List member Jeannie B. of Southfield, Michigan, got more than she bargained for when she hired Labra Design + Build of Wixom, Michigan, for a deck project.

Although the project cost $26,300 and included redesigning and rebuilding the deck; demolishing a second-story back porch, removing the door, installing and finishing drywall; revising the slope and refinishing a curve bridge leading to the home’s entrance, and rebuilding a small deck on the lower level, owner Rufino Labra added a lighting package on the deck and soffit lights at no cost.

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Originally, Jeannie says she considered composite material for the deck, but once she discovered Brazilian hardwood, Cumaru, she decided to use that material for the deck build. Labra offered to install the wood at the same price as the composite decking.

“They all really went above and beyond, they finished within the time Rufino had estimated despite some rainy days, and I am enormously pleased with the results,” Jeannie says.

Because Jeannie lives in a wooded area and likes to feed birds, Labra also suggested using stainless steel cable instead of glass railing panels to avoid accidentally killing or injuring a bird that flew into the glass.

“I am so glad we opted for that!” Jeannie exclaimed. “The finished deck is spectacular! The woodworking detail is amazing.”

Jeannie says she plans to use Labra for future projects.

“Rufino and his crew showed up every day on time, they worked efficiently and with enormous attention to detail,” Jeannie says. “He has a degree in architecture, so in addition to being an incredibly skilled craftsman, he is also artistic and talented.”


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