A Unique Deck Transformation

Scope: Custom Deck Build with Cumaru Brazilian cherry composite decking, stainless steel cable railing, and a custom lighting package

Location: Dillwiyn, VA


Customer’s Vision and Objective for the Space:
Charlene Dixon, the visionary behind Rail FX Stainless Steel Cable Railing and Black Aluminum Drink Rail, embarked on a remarkable project to redefine and enhance her outdoor space. The client’s primary objective was to create an inviting and functional area for entertaining, overcoming the challenges posed by a hill between the main and guest houses. Despite the non-parallel and non perpendicular orientation of the structures, the client aimed to bridge the gap, both aesthetically and functionally, turning it into a seamless and enjoyable living space.

Design Conception and Project-Specific Considerations:
This project stood out as one of the most unique challenges for our team. The unconventional layout of the houses and the natural slope of the land required meticulous planning. Charlene’s vision extended beyond a mere deck; it aimed to transform the outdoor area into a comfortable haven for socializing. The deck, spanning over 50 feet, ingeniously connects a paver patio to a stunning, elevated platform overlooking the valley. The design incorporated a double picture frame around the perimeter and strategically placed spines, dividing the deck into three distinct sections. Overcoming the challenges of uneven terrain and non-linear structures made the design process both demanding and exhilarating.

Materials Used:
The choice of materials played a crucial role in bringing Charlene’s vision to life. The deck features 5/4″ Brazilian Cumaru Hardwood, known for its durability and distinctive aesthetic. Rail FX Stainless Steel Cable Railing and Black Aluminum Drink Rail add a sleek and modern touch to the structure. To ensure a cohesive look, the pressure-treated framing material beneath the deck was skillfully wrapped with the same Cumaru decking, providing a bold interior-style trim.

Unique Aspects of the Planning and Construction:
One standout feature of this project was the strategic use of Wolf Serenity PVC Decking in Onyx for the drink rail. This not only added a contrastig element to the Cumaru hardwood but also contributed to the deck’s overall visual appeal. The lighting design, featuring In-lite Hyve 22 Recessed Lights and Pro-trade Ledge Lights, further accentuates the deck’s perimeter, creating a warm and inviting ambiance.

In conclusion, this project showcases the successful collaboration between visionary design and meticulous construction. Overcoming the challenges of the terrain and architectural constraints, the result is a transformed outdoor space that not only meets but exceeds the client’s expectations. Charlene Dixon’s dream of a welcoming and functional outdoor retreat has been realized, making this project a testament to the power of innovative design and skilled craftsmanship.

Derek | Richmond

“We are beyond thrilled with the construction of our stunning new stone wall and pathway. It has TRANSFORMED our front yard and how we use it. We keep pinching ourselves when we look out and see our new front yard — it’s magical.”

Scott| Richmond

“Wes, Zack and the rest of the team were easy to work with and communicated throughout the whole process. The new patio, steps, and fireplace look great. I would highly recomend them.”

Joseph | Midlothian

“Wes was great to work with and Eve actually was the one to design our driveway, walkway and patio. She did a marvelous job. I would highly recommend anyone looking to install pavers to check with Cleanstone. You will be very happy with the quality of work!”


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