I’ve had a busy summer with building a new deck. This has been the single most expensive and time consuming project I have ever taken on at my house, which I have owned since 2004.
One of the more challenging aspects of this project was my attempt at keeping my business (and money) as local to the Conshohocken economy as possible. This is easier said then done for a number of reasons…
One of the first purchases I made for this project was a dumpster. I contacted the Borough code officer to make sure it was acceptable to store the dumpter in the rear alleyway, instead of taking 1-2 parking spots on the street. It is OK, but there must be 10′ of clearance so emergency vehicles can get through. Luckily, my alley is 24′ and the dumpter was only 8′, so plenty of room. The permit for the dumpster was $50, which I got from the Borough.
The dumpter was rented from Horizon Waste Service (http://www.horizonwasteservice.com) who provided me a quote via email, gave me a fair price and is local to Conshohocken. They got my business without a second thought.
The next big purchase was the lumber. There are a few local lumber yards in Norristown and Phoenixville, but I ended up going with Home Depot in Plymouth Meeting for a few reasons. The big one was flexibility. Generally, they are painless to deal with and any extra stuff you buy can be returned without even a question. The Home Depot delivery was ontime and they navigated my alleyway with a whole lot of lumber and supplies without a problem. Great job by them.
Decking was another story. There are a bunch of different composite decking companies out there, including the big ones like Trex and TimberTech. After doing hours of research (my favorite part of any big project) and getting demo pieces for my wife to look at, we decided on DuraLife Siesta Hardwood Blend, in Brazilian Cherry color. Once again, I had trouble keeping my money local as there were no local distributors of this product. I ended up buying the decking from Andalusia Wholesale Supply Company (http://www.andalusiawholesale.com), who did a great job delivering and correcting a mistake with the order within 2 days.
Lastly, was the railing around the deck. Pretty much everyone makes similar railing, but my contractor recommended the railing that is sold by a company in Norristown called Plastic Lumber Yard (http://plasticlumberyard.com). My wife and I made a visit and picked a style and color. The price was comparable to others, the quality was first rate and I was able to support some local folks.
Overall, I’m happy with my decision. I have to get the final inspection from the building inspector at the Borough, but that should be soon. Pictures are below…