Boesel's Traditional Front Porch


GeoDeck low maintenance composite decking

"The Hartmann" front porch design modified to fit



House Front cries for Front Porch!

The client's home "before"



Front porch with composite decking

They did a great job of landscaping, too!
Nice work all the way around.


Incidentally, notice the use of the beautiful gray composite decking. Low maintenance is the way to go. I don't recommend borrowing money, but if it takes getting a loan to afford composite decking... then do it. Why? Simple: The cost of painting or staining will eventually eat up the difference between pressure treated and composite. And from that "break even" point on you are throwing money away that you could have been saving. From an investment stand point it makes very good sense. What is that "break even" point? My calculations tell me it is 1 to 2 years depending on what you paint or stain with and whether or not you do it yourself. But after two years you are essentially throwing money away if you did not build with a low maintenace composite material.

I'll tell you something else, too, while I'm at it. You may balk at the extra expense of going composite and vinyl, but you will get your money back (and then some) when you sell. Think about it: No/low maintenance decks and porches are only becoming more popular every year (industry is growing 25% a year). How attractive will your house be to a buyer if your deck or porch is in pressure treated that they KNOW they will be maintaining? How attractive will it be if it is in vinyl or composite? How much more will you sell the house for if it is composite/vinyl? It makes a tremendous amount of sense to go no/low maintenance and go composite/vinyl now. You will save while you live there and you will recoup your investment when you sell.

Incidentally, due to problems with other composites, we only recommend one: GeoDeck flooring and railings and Fairway Vinyl Railings. Click on the links to learn more.



Dear Mike,

I just had to write a note to tell you how much we love our front porch! After we finished the deck, we had a new walkway laid and then we landscaped it ourselves! It was a ton of work but it was so worth it! Everyone in the neighborhood loves it and even the county appraiser thought it was original to the house. Your plan is such a wonderful addition to our home! It is exactly what we wanted.

Let me also commend you for your recommendation of D&D Construction. Never in my life have I met more professional, honest, helpful, and clean contractors. They did an outstanding job, always left the worksite neat and tidy and were absolutely wonderful to deal with. The other amazing thing was that neither of them ever smoked or swore! What a wonderful, refreshing change.

I have recommended all of you to numerous people and will continue to do so. The only thing I will change when I have all of you do our deck next year is to let Duke and Dave be the contractor. The savings was not worth the hassle for us. All of you have proven that you are more than trustworthy.

Kitti Boesel
Lake Ridge, Virginia

PS I have attached some finished photos (and one before) for you and for Duke & Dave.

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