We had tried several contractors prior to Tracy Pruitt at Pruitt Built Outdoor Living Spaces and Design, but we learned quickly many claim they are reliable and that they do good work when they do not. Because contractors would make commitments and then not show up, or show up and then get mad if we ask a question, we had just about given up on a deck. We felt like we had a right to know what we would be getting since it was our money. If someone was building a deck free, then I could see them getting "bent out of shape" if we ask questions about how they were going to build it, but we were paying and felt we had a right to ask questions about how they would build it. When we called Pruitt Built Outdoor Living Spaces and Design, Tracy came over to see what we wanted. He worked up a quote and showed us a deck he had built that was similar to what we wanted. We hired him, ordered the list of materials he needed, and a day or so after the materials were delivered, he started working. A few days later we were standing on our deck. We were a bit leery to use him because he was not licensed or bonded, but we are thrilled that we did because I do not believe there is a contractor anywhere who would have pleased us more. We are more than happy with his work. He takes so much pride in his work. Considering the money thrown away on other contractors, we could not afford much, but Tracy built what we ask him to build. He built it in a timely manner and took much pride in his work. He not only cares about his work, he cares about his customers as well. If you need a deck, we highly recommend Tracy Pruitt. We, of course, cannot say our deck has lasted years because he just did it, but we will post an update about every six months. Tracy guarantees his work, and thus far he has did everything he promised, so I feel sure, should a problem arise within the warranty period, he would gladly take care of the matter. But...as it stands right now, we are happy campers. The cost for decks is just high, no matter who builds it. Tracy is not any higher than his competitors, and his work outshines any we have seen.