Letters of Recommendation
("Design-at-a-Distance" Clients)

Unsolicited email from Chris Cain

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you folks at Va Deck. This project turned out much better than I ever could have imagined.

Mike, you did a tremendous job in the design. The references you gave for Beautiful Homes for the materials was exactly right. Those folks were wonderful to work with. I ran shy of materials and they were more than helpful in getting me what I needed to finish the Job. The IPE is spectacular.

We used the SIKKENS on the IPE and painted all the pressure treated wood to match the trim on the house.

Dave and Duke, I cant say enough about them. They exceeded my expectations. I'm a contractor myself and I know why there is a bad reputation associated with it. These guys are as professional and meticulous about their work as I am. They framed the deck out in Two days! I actually tried to find problems with their work before I put the decking down and couldn't. Hats off to them as well!!

Hands down the best decision I could have made was to have Va Deck help me with my project.The best part, they saved me over $15k!!

I attached a few pics of the final deck. Thanks again!!

Note: The reason Chris saved $15,000 is because he acted as his own General Contractor and used our "We Frame - U Finish" service.

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Plan we did for Chris
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Another Unsolicited email from Chris Cain

Thanks for your help building the deck of our dreams. Mike was extremely helpful in getting us the plans and sold us on this beautiful IPE. I'm totally impressed with the look and the sturdiness of this wood. The color, after the Sikkens is applied, really comes out and as you can see from the pics. BEAUTIFUL!!

Thanks again, I'll sell you till I die.


Email from Patrick Breedlove

Mark and Arcenio from Scenic View Deck Company did such an outstanding job on my new Ipe deck. They took the extra time to make sure every hole was drilled, countersunk and screwed in on my Ipe wood decking.

Arcenio was very diligent to insure everything was level and properly
installed. I learned that they had several years of experience building decks. This helped me to feel comfortable that my deck was being built correctly.

I would recommend them to anyone interested in getting a deck or screened in porch built.

Patrick Breedlove

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Plan we did for Patrick
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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. I 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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Hi Mike --

Looks like you've been busy since you built our deck in Seven Lakes two years ago.  I still tell everyone that the job you did for me is the best contracting experience I've ever had.  The headaches we had building our pool last year convinced me of that.  Between the indignant fence building crew who didn't know how to measure or read a blue print, to the drunken electrician that ran over a tree in my yard and taped it back up with electrical tape, I just wished your deck crew could have built the pool...

Thanks again.

Tom Schaaf
Stafford, VA

Phone # available upon request.
Email:  tschaaf@va.prestige.net

The above is an excerpt taken from an email we received from Tom.  You can view the deck and pergola we designed and built for him at our National Deck Company page.



Dear Mike, 

We were very pleased with your "design-at-a-distance" concept for doing business over the web.  You provided unbelievably quick service and patiently tolerated our many questions and changes to the original design.  Our deck is beautiful - exactly as we had envisioned.  Our friends and neighbors can't believe we got such a huge deck for the price we paid.(emphasis by VDR)  We highly recommend Virginia Decking & Remodeling.  And, when we hear of someone wanting to build a deck, we'll refer them to you. 

Best personal regards to you and yours, 

Chris and Cindy Smith 
Lorton, Virginia 

Phone # available upon request
Email: CTSMITH100@earthlink.net




Design-at-a-Distance works great.  This is definitely the way to go. 

I can't get over how great the deck looks, how easy it was to have it done, and the great price I got too.

Top, side, and front view of the actual deck look fantastic and it only took 2 days!

Your crew did a great job and I am very pleased at how it all turned out.  I will definitely be recommending you to everyone looking for a deck and there will be a lot of people in this new development of mine.

I am so glad that I got on the web and found your site.  All of the alternative methods of having the deck built and the information your web site provided is what motivated me to contact you.  It was the most painless and best remodeling job I have ever had done.

I will definitely be contacting you in the future because I've got some other things I'd like to have done.


Stephen Pradier
Dumfries, VA 

Phone # available upon request
Email: SPradier@FDIC.gov




(Your Crew Chief) and his guys finished our deck today.  Simply put the deck is exactly what we envisioned and planned for.  The quality of workmanship by the construction crew is outstanding.  It is a pleasure to see professionals who still pay attention to the details and just do it right.

 Thanks for your efforts on the design and thanks to your construction crew.

Please feel free to use our name as a reference.  We are very happy with the finished deck.

Thanks again,

Robert E. Standley

Robert E. Standley
Manassas, VA 

Phone # available upon request
Email: StandleyRE@gmail.com

NOTE: Robert moved from Manassas to South Carolina awhile back and we had the priviledge of doing more work for him:


As you know, back in 1999 I was a very satisfied customer with your design and build of a deck for a previous home in Virginia. You were the first person I thought of when I needed to design for a deck for my current home in South Carolina.

I received the Preliminary Plan for review and am again very satisfied. No changes required. I did have one new question as I focused on the floor joists span and we immediately resolved that concern. The Preliminary Plan is OK without any changes.

As my last experience in 1999, this project is going great. Can't wait until I receive the final Building Plans.

Robert E. Standley
Phone # available upon request
Email: StandleyRE@gmail.com



Dear Mike, 

I want you folks to know how pleased we are with the deck you built for us.  The County Inspector just left and he went on at length about what a great job you did. (emphasis by VDR) 

(The Crew) finished the job in record time for us and we had a great Memorial Day cook-out thanks to his hard work.  Be assured I will recommend your work to anyone.  Best wishes and many thanks... 

Roger McIntosh

Roger & Carole McIntosh 
Fredericksburg, VA 

Phone # available upon request
Email: maccar@erols.com



Hi Mike,

I hear you have discovered the contractor that built the deck that we designed.  Tom... is an excellent worker.  He completed
the deck in 2 weeks without a hitch.  Both my wife and I are very
pleased.  If you use him for some of your Maryland work you will not be disappointed.  I (am) almost done staining the deck.  I will send photos of before and after when I finish.  Hope all is going well. 

Satisfied customer,


Chuck Gulotta
Hampstead, MD

Phone # available upon request


Dear Mike, 

I just want you to know that Bill and I love the deck.  We are ecstatic and thrilled with it.  It is the most substantial, solid, and well built deck I've ever seen, and it's hard to believe that it's mine!  Honestly, we couldn't be more thrilled with it... Can't wait to have a cookout or party before long. 

The crew... are also fantastic.  They are so methodical and it is obvious that they really take pride in their work.  They were very polite, friendly and totally self sufficient.  I kept offering them a cold soda or coffee but they always said no thank you and drank what they brought or just drank water.  I know you're proud to have such a nice group of men working for you.  They're certainly an asset to your business.  From start to finish, digging holes to completion, it took only seven working days. 

The whole process from design, to building permit to ordering materials and watching them construct my lovely new deck was really a lot of fun.  It has been a real pleasure doing business with you and be assured that I will pass your name around.  A neighbor of mine who is a Real Estate agent and refers many people to different construction companies is very impressed with the deck.  I gave her your name and company phone number.  Hope you get many referrals from her alone... 


Anne D. Fleming

Bill & Anne Fleming 
Springfield, VA 

Phone # available upon request 


The following is a questionaire that one of our visitors emailed to one of our "Design-at-a-Distance" customers who gave us some very high marks!


Hi.  My name is Ralph and I am planning on getting a deck built by VA Deck.  I found them on-line and do not know much about the company or their work ethics.  I am interested in finding out if you are happy with your deck.  I obtained your email address from their web page, I hope you do not mind.  If you have a minute or two to answer the following questions, it would help me decide weather or not I will use this company.

1.  Did the company perform what was agreed upon in the time frame that was agreed upon?  Yes.  They were punctual, very professional, helpful and friendly.

2.  Was the final price what was agreed upon?  Yes.  The price quoted was exact.

3.  Did the company have to be called back for any reason? Yes, to tell them what a great job they did.

4.  Was the quality of workmanship what you desired?  The materials used were great.

5.  If you had to do it all over again what would you do different?  I could have saved money on handling the Building Permit myself, but they did it for me per my request since I don't like waiting in county offices and have better things to do.  I can't say enough good things about VA Deck.  They were everything they said they were and more.  Professional, honest, courteous and on time.  They delivered in every way.  You definitely will not go wrong using them.  Best and most helpful web site for home improvement I have seen.  I am glad I found them because I was looking at a price tag 3 times more than what I paid with VA Deck.  The other thing that is important is that you can always get in touch with them and they are very helpful and offer you a lot of alternatives if you want to save money.

Answers to this questionaire were supplied by our client, Mr. Stephen Pradier whose contact information follows: 

Dumfries, VA 

Phone # available upon request
Email:  SPradier@FDIC.gov

(Deck-Porch-Gazebo Plan Clients)


Dear Mike...

Today I ... took two sets of the drawings, notes to drawings, and bill of materials to our county permitting office.  There were some questions on connections during the plan review in which your details, bill of materials, and notes furnished enough information for them to pass on the permitting with but one exception.  

At the conclusion of plan review they commented, "who did these drawings?  This is about the best set of drawings on a Gazebo that we have ever seen."  ...

Thanks again and please let me hear from you. 

Bill Baker 
Montgomery County, Maryland



The following are excerpts from two separate emails 
received from this deck plan client...



I purchased plans for the Fulgham deck from you in May, and my husband and I are just completing it.  We love it!!!  We did enlarge the deck a few feet to fit our house and it is looking great. 


We love the design--the last thing we wanted was a deck that 
looked like a box attached to the back of the house.  Your plans called for appx. 12 x 20-- but we expanded the deck to appx. 
14 x 30--using  all of your same angles.  The result is going to be wonderful.  We are just finishing the steps and arguing about whether or not to paint the railing white (our house is a red brick with white trim)  If you can give me a few weeks I'll send a couple of pictures!! 

Again, thanks for all your help!  We will definitely recommend you to our friends. 

Judy Lambertz 
Clinton Township, MI 


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