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  • on Angie's List for 8 years
I, John A. Meade am the sole owner/operator of DECKSPERT. I have been building decks & fences in Santa Cruz County since 1982. I consider myself a "recovering perfectionist", a strict adherent to the old saw "if you want something done right, do it yourself". Any project I undertake requires a bit more time to complete compared to a typical crew of 2-4 workers. Considering the homeowner will be living with it until they "move on" one way or another, what's a day or two more dealing with construction knowing a highly demanding master craftsman completed the work? I will honestly answer any questions you may have regarding decking materials. e.g. The latest and greatest composite or pvc decking. Man made vs. natural wood. Staining, painting, fading. Though it doesn't happen often, I won't hesitate to tell you when I don't know the answer, as when someone is considering using a new decking product and wants to know if the color will fade over period of years. Believe it or not, manufacturers claims are not always 100% accurate. I will however, share with you my favorite products and ones to avoid. The vast majority of decks I build are replacing old ones that have failed for one reason or another rendering them both unsafe and unsightly. Taking "mental notes" during the demolition phase, I see what the previous builder did that held up over time, and conversely, what to do differently. Following all local building code requirements is a good place to start, but it doesn't mean you'll get clean, straight butt & miter cuts, logically placed stairways, unique and attractive railings,etc. At your convenience, we'll do a preliminary "walk through" of your project discussing various design and material options from which I will submit a detailed written estimate. My approach to construction is very fluid. Often after the project is started, either I, or the homeowner will suggest a change or two in the design improving it, lowering the cost, or both. Because I don't leave until all parties concerned are happy with the work, it is easy for me to provide references. In fact, content customers regularly volunteer to be a referral without my having to ask.
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on Angie's List for 8 years
317 Casserly Road
Watsonville, CA