NADRA Member Spotlight

Company Name: Holloway Company
Member Name:   Ted Tidmore
Company Name: Holloway Company
Position:  Owner
Member Category:  Builder
Location:  Sterling, VA
What inspired you to join NADRA? We have a passion for designing and creating unique decks and integrating them into an overall outdoor oasis. We are well-known in our area for custom projects.
When did you first get involved with this industry?  1994
What was the first thing you ever built?  Patio with a small retaining wall and some landscaping. I always had a vision of doing what I’m doing now with outdoor projects.
We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business:   I started this company in 1994. I began mowing lawns, then added patios, and then small, basic carpentry items. I am now building large, custom and unique projects. Our specialty is custom, one-of-a-kind projects including hardscaping, carpentry, pools, and more.  We build approx. 50 decks per year.
 
How do you define success?  When the client sees their project come to life and it’s even more than they could have imagined. I am fortunate to have long-standing and loyal staff who are a large part of our success.
What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career?  Be selective in accepting new clients. Taking on new and exciting projects and integrating the industry’s latest innovations is what will continue to put you ahead.
If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be? What is the biggest obstacle you face in continued growth?
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?   Ski instructor in Colorado
A little more about Ted:  I have 4 children, three dogs and a wonderful wife. We enjoy spending time together attending football games, camping, and skiing.

Connect with Holloway Company:

 Website:  HollowayCompany.com

Facebook:  Facebook.com/HollowayCompany/

*A Member Spotlight winner will be chosen each month. For a chance to win, please fill out the questionnaire found  here .

NADRA Rocks Nashville, 2017 Recap

Acclaimed deck builders and industry enthusiasts from around the world traveled to Nashville, TN for the Remodeling show, DeckExpo and JLC Live (RDJ) at the end of last month. NADRA held several events while in Nashville. Below is a recap from each exciting event. 

Click the image to view a 5 minute video of photos from NADRA’s 2017 Awards Dinner at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Nashville, TN.

NADRA CPAC Meeting: 10/25/17

NADRA’s Consumer Product Awareness Charter Committee met on Wednesday morning prior to the golf tournament in Nashville. The CPAC Committee works to develop and implement consumer friendly labeling programs for outdoor living products. The committee presented details to a room full of NADRA Manufacturer members regarding its mission and accomplishments over the last 5 years.

The overall intent of this program is to provide the consumer with a simple, straightforward labeling program to assist in their product selection.
A recognized label will accompany easy to understand product performance measurements to educate consumers so they can make more knowledgeable product selections.

This meeting was a great opportunity to discuss CPAC with a large audience of mfrs. Many misconceptions about the CPAC program were addressed. I hope everyone heard how CPAC makes sense and helps everyone improve sales, reduces friction costs and elevates the entire industry. ” says Committee Chair, Andrew Clements

The committee continues to work diligently; taking input from a range of supportive sources to drive the program to completion. You can review the slides on the presentation below from the annual meeting. For more information about CPAC and how you can get involved, please contact NADRA.

Annual Golf Tournament: 10/25/17

Thank you, Golf Sponsors: 

The Winning Team:

  • Chris Brown- EscueWood Preserving
  • Matt Roughen- Lonza Wood Protection
  • Vikki Pingle- Lonza
  • Kirk Hammond- Lonza Wood Protection

Chris Brown took the win for both Longest Drive AND Closest to the Pin!

Rooftop on The Rocks – NADRA’s Welcome Party: 10/25/17

NADRA members and friends gathered for a casual get-together on the rooftop at The Westin hotel.

NADRA’s Booth at RIDIJ: 

If you came by the NADRA booth, you’ll know about our first-ever scavenger hunt. The first 50 builder members to complete the NADRA scavenger hunt received this fantastic grab bag from our amazing sponsors! This was a great way to introduce our builder members to NADRA’s exhibiting members at the show. We plan to expand on this idea even more next year.

Annual Awards Dinner: 10/26/17

NADRA members and industry friends filled up the second level of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Nashville, TN… Everyone climbed the piano staircase to the second level to be greeted with custom lanyards and a cold Corona or frozen Margarita.

The night was made possible by NADRA member sponsors.

NADRA Platinum Sponsor, Bob Heidenreich – The Deck Store, spoke to the crowd for a moment. He chose a quote from Theodore Roosevelt.

Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” Theodore Roosevelt

Thank you, Bob!

More Highlights from the Night:

NADRA Annual Meeting:

This image below will take you to our powerpoint presentation via SlideShare:

2017 Recognition Awards were presented to:

  • Rick Schumacher – for his dedication to the industry & association. thank you for your generous commitment of time and leadership!

  • Bob Lett – Teamwork can be summed up in five short words… “We believe in each other.” Thank you for being part of the team! 
  • Chuck Bajnai – For his work in leading the Code Coalition
  • Rick Vaughan – NADRA’s very first member to support our beloved Deck for a Soldier program (Est. 2007)

2017 Terry Award Winner: 

  • Kirk Hammond – For superior contributions to your industry association. Coming together is a beginning… keeping together is progress… working together is success. 

NADRA’s 2017 Board of Directors: 

  • President: Kirk Hammond, Lonza Wood Protection
  • Treasurer: Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape
  • Secretary: Bob Lett, Wolf Home Products – Outgoing
  • Past-President: Bill Ross, Fiberon – Outgoing
  • Rick Schumacher, LMB Journal – Outgoing
  • Heath Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC / Haven
  • John Burkhart, JECS Demand
  • Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC •
  • Associate Director: Andrew Clements, Bright Claims WarrantyLink Solutions

NADRA’s 2018 Board of Directors: 

  • Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape
  • Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
  • Heath Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC / Haven
  • John Burkhart, JECS Demand
  • John Keller, Sequoia Supply
  • Gary Converse, Koppers Performance Chemicals
  • Vincent Carruba, Admiral Spacemaker
  • Immediate Past-President, Kirk Hammond, Lonza Wood Protection
  • Associate Director: Andrew Clements, Bright Claims WarrantyLink Solutions

Code & Education: Chairman: Matt Breyer.

250 NEW certified Inspectors through NADRA education!

 

Deck for a Soldier®: Chairman: Bruce Verblaauw / Committee: Joey Matthews, Vincent Carrubba, Michael Ryan and Rick Wooton

THIS PROGRAM IS A SMALL WAY OUR INDUSTRY CAN GIVE BACK TO THOSE THAT HAVE GIVEN US SO MUCH … OUR FREEDOM!

  • Active projects:
    • Northeast – Active
    • Minnesota – Happening now!!!
    • Southeast – Actively looking for recipient
  • Call to Action: We are now starting to request sponsors and material / labor pledges for the program. Please consider meeting with Bruce during the show to select your sponsorship level and / or to confirm your pledge.

CPAC: Consumer Product Awareness Charter: Chairman: Andrew Clements / Committee: Special Thanks: Brad Wear – NTA, Robert Rottin

ghaus – UFP, Barry John Davis – DPDS International, Ltd. , Gary Hobbs – AERT ,Paul Beaulieu – Green Bay Decking, Stan Hathorn – Royal / Westech

NADRA was selected by the industry at large to be the ambassador of this non profit consumer label program. NTA is the appointed administer who certifies participants to the NADRA Consumer Awareness Program. Check out the presentation via SlideShare to learn more about CPAC.

Shout-Outs! Speaker: Heather A. Marchand

There were a few folks that deserved a little bit of recognition. Shout-outs went to:

C. Verblaauw and Sons, LLC & Witt’s Woods and Greens: Two builder members who supported the events in Nashville at the sponsorship level. It means the world to NADRA to have support from all levels of the value chain. Thank you for your un-ending support of the association.

Women in the Industry: Where would we be without you? You know, the people that really get all the work done. The remarkable women in the industry deserve some special recognition.

Family Businesses: It’s not easy working in a family business. At NADRA HQ, we know this first hand! We appreciate your struggles, triumphs and passion for your family and this industry.

Georgia and New Jersey Members! Two of our most active regions in NADRA. Our foot soldiers… hosting several events per year from networking meetings to holiday parties and clay pigeon shooting events. Each region participates in at least one Deck for  a Soldier® or Deck for a Hero® project each calendar year. NADRA wants you to know that we see your dedication and passion for NADRA and the industry we serve. Thank you!

International Focus for 2018: 

“For the market to grow the key element is increasing consumer awareness of quality” The International objective of NADRA is to extend to the world the simple message that… The Objective: By extending the reach of the CPAC program we can extend the market potential for North American businesses. NADRA leads the deck and railing industry with highest quality professionals in all of North America, and the world.” Barry John Davis

2017 National Deck CompetitION

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 National Deck Competition! Thank you to all of our members who entered. We invite you to scroll, tag, comment and share these beautiful, national, award-winning projects from some of the best in the industry. Congratulations to all of our members & a special thank you to our sponsors. *Please click on each image to enlarge.


See who took home awards & many of the smiling faces that attended this sold out industry event by clicking the image below.

NADRA Members in Minnesota Build Deck for a Soldier®

 

November 21st, 2017   UPDATE

Just a quick update as this Thanksgiving week winds down.  One of the things that we should all be thankful about are the men and women who keep our great country safe.  Please be sure to say a Thanksgiving prayer for all of our armed forces both home and abroad.

The Minnesota region has begun it’s Deck for a Soldier® project on a Veterans home.  They have torn down the old deck and are getting ready to begin the build once permits are in order.  They may still need a pledge of pressure treated lumber for the framing, so if you can help please click on this link  or contact myself or Pat Noonan.  We are also looking someone to pledge a plaque that would hang on or near this deck to acknowledge the NADRA Deck for a Soldier® program for donating the deck.  Again, please click on the provided link or contact one of us.

The Northeastern region is currently drawing up the plans and will get the permit paperwork submitted in the near future.  They are hoping to begin their build in January or February.  Once this project gets closer we will be looking for pledges for this project as well.

I hope that you all are able to spend quality time with friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Best Wishes,

Bruce Verblaauw – NADRA National Deck for a Soldier® Committee Chair

Cell 201-803-2909

November 17th, 2017 UPDATE:

Day 1: Tear Down:

NADRA Members, Crossroads Remodeling headed to the site for day 1 of the Deck For a Soldier® Transitional Housing project in Minneapolis. Rick and his team has a huge heart for this program.

Thank you NADRA, Pat Noonan and the other contributors for such an honorable program.” – Rick Wooton – Owner, Crossroads Remodeling

 November 15th, 2017 UPDATE:

NADRA Members begin building a deck for Minnesota Alliance Council for Veterans (MACV)
NADRA members in MN got together to plan this years Deck for a Soldier® build. They chose MACV as their recipient. This worthy organization runs multiple transitional living homes for Veterans in crisis to help them get back on their feet and back into their own independent housing.  One of their homes has an old deck that has been condemned by the City of Minneapolis and is literally falling apart.
Pat Noonan, Deck and Basement Company is leading the project with the support of many local members. Pat writes to the crews just this morning:
Welcome to NADRA and thank you for supporting this worthwhile organization. As a member for 10 years I can attest to the knowledge, friendships and networking I have gained since joining.  Great to hear that you may be interested in helping with our D4S project, I have attached information on the recipient and project details.  We are planning to demo on Friday and finalize plans early next week once we have existing deck removed.  I will send permit plans to you as soon as we have them.  Hoping to have permit and be ready for footings the week after Thanksgiving. Thanks for your support, feel free to reach out with any questions.”
Pat

 

Stay tuned for more updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2nd, 2017 UPDATE:

Minnesota Deck for a Soldier® Update: Several deck builders are getting ready to get the ball rolling on a Deck for a Soldier® build for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans at one of their Structured Independent Living Facilities. This is a non-profit organization that helps needy and homeless veterans get back on track. We are currently looking for material and labor pledges for this project. If you would like to become involved please click on the banner to make your pledge. 

Once you fill out the pledge form we can pass your information on to the lead builder, Pat Noonan. It is important for you to fill out this pledge form so your information goes into the Deck for a Soldier® database. For those of you that pledge, please feel free to market the fact that you support NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program. This can help you market your products while you help us market this great program. You can also find sponsorship opportunities on the pledge form at the bottom. Thank you in advance for supporting this great cause that is very near to all of our hearts!

Bruce Verblaauw
NADRA National Deck for a Soldier Committee Chairman

 

Dasso Group Issues Notice of Patent Infringement in U.S.

For Immediate Release:        October 25, 2017 Atlanta, Georgia

Dasso Group Issues Notice of Patent Infringement in U.S. Market

Dasso Group, a global manufacturer and distributor of bamboo flooring, has issued a Notice of Patent Infringement of its patented Fused Bamboo product, which is sold in the United States under Dasso’s XTR brand. According to the Notice of Patent Infringement, Dasso Group has learned that several former employees and outside sales representatives, including a major bamboo flooring distributor headquartered in the Netherlands, are involved and directly linked to the intentional infringement of Dasso Group’s U.S. Patent in violation of the U.S. Patent Act.

Dasso Group’s Fused Bamboo is a patented process and manufacturing method, which has been granted patent protection in many countries around the world, including, but not limited to, the United States, the European Union (10 member states) and China. Dasso Group’s U.S. Patent 8,709,578 was granted on April 29, 2014 and remains a valid and enforceable patent in the U.S. Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products are sold and distributed exclusively in the U.S. under the brand name Dasso XTR and can be found on the company’s website at www.dassoxtr.com.

Beginning in 2013, as part of its global initiative to expand its sales channels and platforms, Dasso Group granted Moso International BV the exclusive limited rights to distribute Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo exterior decking product, in certain countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Since 2013, Moso International BV has distributed Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo exterior decking under Moso’s Bamboo X-treme brand within and limited to the territories authorized by Dasso Group.

According to Dasso Group, in June 2017, Moso International BV’s Director of Operations, Rene Zaal, met with officers of Dasso Group in China and requested an expansion into the U.S. market of its distribution rights of Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products. After this request was denied, Dasso Group has learned that Moso International BV privately entered into a manufacturing agreement with the same factory in China that has manufactured Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products since 2013. Dasso Group has also learned that several former employees of Dasso Group, including Brett Kelly (who was the President of DassoXTR), Steve Osterman and Mark Clifton, participated in and assisted Moso International BV’s plans to enter the U.S. market, in violation of its limited distributorship agreement with Dasso Group and in violation of U.S. patent laws, and to sell Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo product under Moso International BV’s Bamboo X-Treme brand. Brett Kelly is now the President of MOSO North America, Inc.; Steve Osterman is now the Vice President of Sales at Moso North America, Inc; and Mark Clifton is now the Vice President and General Manager at Moso North America, Inc.  

According to Avery Chua, Dasso Group’s U.S. representative, “Moso International BV has never been granted the rights to distribute or sell Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products in the United States. As part of our investigation, we have learned that Moso International BV, through its newly formed company, Moso North America, Inc., and with the assistance of Dasso Group’s former employees, are now importing, selling and distributing Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo product in the U.S. under Moso’s Bamboo X-treme brand, which is the same brand and the same product that Moso International BV has been selling in limited territories since 2013. We are aware of the actions of our former employees and Moso International BV and we are preparing legal action against those employees and Moso North America, Inc. to enforce Dasso Group’s U.S. patent and distribution rights and to hold those who have knowingly participated in these activities accountable.” Dasso Group also announced that it will take all necessary actions to safeguard and protect the rights of its authorized distributors and dealers in the U.S. market.

Dasso Group is represented by Scott R. Hoopes and the law firm of Mills & Hoopes, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Any information or documents concerning the unauthorized and infringing solicitation, sale and distribution of Dasso Group’s patented Fused Bamboo products in the U.S. market by Moso International BV, Moso North America, Inc., Brett Kelly, Steve Osterman and Mark Clifton, including bamboo product being sold and distributed as Moso Bamboo X-treme or Bamboo X-treme, should be sent to info@dassoGroup.com or scott@millshoopeslaw.com.

For more information, please visit:

dassoXTR.com

dassoGroup.com

 

We’re Excited to Introduce Haven Underdeck

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Our award-winning underdeck system family is expanding! We are excited to introduce Haven Underdeck, our new company providing quality underdeck kits nationwide. Haven Underdeck is your source for under deck rain carrying systems. Just like Southeastern Underdeck, we have multiple options to fit any budget and design. Our unique product line is designed to create a dry usable space under your elevated deck.

We will work with you to design the deck of your dreams. Our products combine to provide you with the perfect patio area for your family to enjoy year round. Haven Underdeck is committed to quality products and exceptional customer service.  We’ve been honored to provide people with the underdeck of their dreams through Southeastern Underdeck and now we are excited to expand beyond the southeast. You can now get a quality underdeck system no matter where you live.

Have a question? Would you like a quote? Call or click today. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. We’ve been proud to work with you as Southeastern Underdeck, we hope you join us on this exciting adventure with Haven Underdeck.

A Guideline toward Safer Deck Guard Posts

(From the Professional Deck Builder On-line Oct. 13, 2017, the following is a summary from the article.)

The Value of an ICC Guideline

Plan reviewers and inspectors are left without guidance – beyond DCA-6  – on any proposed alternative details that would have sufficient strength to safely resist the code-mandated 200-lb. concentrated load requirement. Some contractors argue – without any testing evidence – that there are other 4×4 guard post connection details that are safe. But without that evidence, and because of the gap in the current IRC on how to prescriptively construct a guard post attachment to a deck, the code community faces the near impossible task of ensuring that deck guard constructions they approve will in fact safely resist the code specified design load in-service.

Until a proposal to the IRC for prescriptive guard post details is finally approved and adopted, an ICC Guideline could be valuable in an attempt to protect life and prevent fall injuries/fatalities from decks and balconies.   Plan reviewers need a concise document that addresses the complicated issue of guard post attachment to decks.  The value of the proposed Guideline is vast—all residential plan reviewers can benefit from an ICC published Guideline by using it in deck/balcony plan checking and inspection until this life safety issue is addressed by the IRC, hopefully within the next decade.

Figure 1. The simulated deck joist/band/guard post configuration tested by the team at Virginia Tech; the connector easily passed the load tests and formed the basis for the details adopted by the AWC DCA6.

Visit HERE for the complete article.

New 7″ RainClad® Siding System

July 25, 2017 — dasso.XTR announces the launch of its new 7″ RainClad Siding System.  Similar to the 6″ RainClad Siding System, the 7″ siding carries the same profile with exception that it is wider. The wider profile provides a nicer “expensive look” to the house. It also requires less fasteners per square feet, which reduces fastener cost (which are expensive).

Each of the dasso.XTR planks are end-matched with tongue and groove joints to give the siding a continuous uniform look, and every plank fits tightly into the next plank. Cutting is not necessary until you get to the end of the wall which helps reduce waste and speeds up installation time.

To learn more about dasso’s New 7″ RainClad® Siding System click here

Why Treated Wood?

 

 

Why Treated Wood?

Or, would it be better to ask, Why Not Treated Wood?

Brought to you by Lonza Wood Protection

 

Please stop by Booth 754 (Escue Wood Preserving) and Booth 517 (United Treating and Distribution) at DeckExpo to learn more about building with beautiful, real wood.

 

Why Wood?

Wood products are everywhere. And it’s no wonder. Wood is, after all, nature’s sustainable building block that comes from an abundant natural resource easily and quickly replenished. It has excellent workability in all aspects of construction and, when preserved and used properly, can be designed to create outdoor living spaces that bring the inside out.

Wood is a sustainable product that is responsibly sourced from managed forest lands. That means trees used in the building industry come from forests grown as crops – much like corn or soy is grown. They are harvested. The land is left to rest for a few months. Then it is replanted at the rate of 400 trees per acre. The forest is maintained and cared for 30+ years before it is harvested. Managed forest lands are in different stages of growth so that not all the forest is harvested at one time.  Between forests, sawmills, and product manufacturers, every part of the tree is used for everything from poles, piling and dimensional lumber to pulp for paper mills, bedding for animals, and mulch for gardens.

Why Treated Wood?

When lumber goes through the treatment process, it is enhanced with preservative that helps it last longer while maintaining its natural beauty. Used for more than 100 years, treated wood makes the ideal building material for backyard projects. Because of its ease of use, do-it-yourselfers across the country have picked up a hammer, drill, nails and screws to complete weekend projects like decks, picnic tables, raised bed planters, retaining walls and more.

For more complicated projects, contractors and builders also choose treated wood because it looks beautiful, is affordable, and is easy to work with and maintain. In fact, its natural beauty enriches the backyard landscape making it an easy sell to homeowners.

Maintaining Treated Wood.

Maintenance on decks and other backyard projects can be likened to maintenance on a car. Oil changes are necessary and should be done regularly. Similarly, homeowners can easily and inexpensively perform maintenance on their decks. Recommendations include cleaning and applying a surface water repellent every couple of years to keep the deck looking beautiful for years.

If left alone, wood weathers to a warm gray, giving a project the time-worn look that is in demand with many homeowners. However, for projects to maintain that just-bought appearance, staining every few years is recommended. And, unlike composites, if lumber gets scratched by everyday use it can be easily repaired by sanding and staining.

Use Treated Wood.

Treated wood is a naturally beautiful building material that is easy to use and manipulate by contractors and do-it-yourselfers alike. Once a project is built, with little future maintenance, the homeowner can enjoy an enhanced quality of outdoor living for years.

Haven Underdeck – Underdeck Kits

Our award-winning underdeck system family is expanding! We are excited to introduce Haven Underdeck, our new company providing quality underdeck kits nationwide. Haven Underdeck is your source for under deck rain carrying systems. Just like Southeastern Underdeck, we have multiple options to fit any budget and design. Our unique product line is designed to create a dry usable space under your elevated deck.

 

We will work with you to design the deck of your dreams. Our products combine to provide you with the perfect patio area for your family to enjoy year round. Haven Underdeck is committed to quality products and exceptional customer service.  We’ve been honored to provide people with the underdeck of their dreams through Southeastern Underdeck and now we are excited to expand beyond the southeast. You can now get a quality underdeck system no matter where you live.

 

Have a question? Would you like a quote? Call or click today. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. We’ve been proud to work with you as Southeastern Underdeck, we hope you join us on this exciting adventure with Haven Underdeck.

Alpine Meadows Cabin by Studio Bergtraun Architects

For More Information, Press Only:
Stuart Hanson, Hanson Communications
ph. 253.677.5337 | shanson@Hanson-Comm.com
The Scenario
Perched on a 23-degree mountainside slope that receives some of the heaviest snowfall near Lake Tahoe, an enthusiastic outdoors-adventuring couple created their version of the ideal mountain retreat complete with: concrete patio rappelling wall, built-in bunk beds accessible via rock-climbing holds, ski pole chandelier and bobsled run access directly from the kitchen area. And despite all these fun, Nordic sports-themed design elements – it was the juxtaposition of the home’s textured metal accents like: corrugated metal roofing and a black powder-coated railing system contrasting the all-natural Douglas Fir siding and ceilings that helped make the entire project meld together amidst the rugged terrain.

 

 
Textural Metal Accents: Prefabricated Railing
 Just as important as the complex structural aspects were on this two-level, custom vacation retreat; intermixing the all-natural materials of the surrounding environment with an industrial theme throughout proved challenging for lead architect Alex Bergtraun. Lesser-realized details like accenting the hot-rolled steel fireplace and surrounding cabinetry on the interior with the custom, black powder-coated stainless steel cable railings on the exterior was just one shining example of this underlying accentuation. “The clients really wanted the rustic-yet-industrial theme throughout so incorporating key elements like the black powder-coated railings on the outside nicely helped integrate things,” explained Bergtraun, Principal at Studio Bergtraun. “And spec-ing prefabricated railings in a remote location with a shortened building season was an important aspect too…it had to be designed correctly and install quickly.”
After some Internet research, Bergtraun’s team selected the Rainier stainless steel railing system by AGS Stainless, a highly-respected company located in the Pacific Northwest. Rainier is part of the Clearview® line of stainless steel railing systems and can be accompanied with wide array of options including: an assortment of top rail styles and post design choices, a variety of infill options including tempered glass, stainless steel cable and horizontal bar – for a fully-customized look at an affordable cost. “The outdoor living space here was a large area of the home’s overall look and feel, so the powder-coated railings needed to match that black, rustic texture,” explains Kevin T. Harris, Director of Sales & Marketing at AGS Stainless. “Each Rainier railing system is designed with CAD and prefabricated at our factory so every individual nut, bolt and handrail fitting is just right – greatly reducing the labor expense normally associated with traditional locally-fabricated railing systems.”
 With AGS Stainless, the overall design process is straightforward and simple: sketches and approximate dimensions are submitted where CAD drawings and all details of the railing system are created by a member of the design team. Then, an AGS railing expert works directly with the homeowner/contractor to make certain every detail is just right – and to ensure prompt delivery with attentive service. “This Tahoe mountain retreat perfectly depicts how every AGS Stainless customer essentially has their very own outsourced railing factory, complete with world-class welders and state-of-the-art fabrication machines to create a beautiful high quality railing system specific for their project,” added Harris.
The Result 
In addition to recently being featured in the January 2017 issue of Architectural Record, this mountainside retreat has numerous accolades with the people who matter most – friends and family. “The clients wanted to make this a place that was really their own,” adds Bergtraun. “It’s already become a hub of activity for family and friends, and it will be for years to come.”